Lakers Thinking Long-Term With Andre Drummond

Veteran center Andre Drummond is part of the Lakers’ future beyond just this season, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin said on the Zach Lowe podcast.

The Lakers signed Drummond for the rest of the year after he reached agreement on a contract buyout with the Cavaliers. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.

McMenamin indicated Drummond is pleased with his role in the frontcourt alongside Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and that very well could lead to Drummond’s return.

“They have been so committed to him being the ceremonial starter,” McMenamin said. “And obviously he gets more than just ceremonial minutes. That seems to be something that isAndreDrummond important to Drummond, which makes it important to the Lakers’ front office because they have signaled to everyone listening, ‘This isn’t just a half a season buyout market rental. Andre Drummond is part of the future moving forward with this franchise.'”

Drummond, 27, averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 22 regular-season games with the Lakers, his lowest numbers in each category since his rookie year of 2012-13. He is averaging 9.5 points and 10.5 boards in four playoff games.

The Lakers also have Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell at center, and Davis plays the position at times as well. LA would need to use the taxpayer’s mid-level exception to sign Drummond this summer.

“When you are trying to make moves to think about the future rather than win in the moment, it’s hard to do both simultaneously as well as you possibly can,” McMenamin said.

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