There is “optimism” within the Los Angeles Lakers that they could sign center Andre Drummond if he is bought out, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Monday. Earlier on Monday, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported the Lakers’ interest in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ center as well as DeMarcus Cousins as a backup option.
The Lakers were reportedly interested in Blake Griffin who hit the buyout market late last week, but the former Clippers and Pistons star has officially signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
Drummond has been shut out by the Cavaliers as they look to trade the big man following their acquisition of Jarrett Allen. The Lakers likely will not seek a trade for a player they see as a depth piece for a thin frontcourt. They currently have two open roster spots — pending a decision on Damian Jones who was signed to a 10-day contract before the All-Star Break — to fill with more depth.
Drummond is averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game but only shooting 47.4 percent from the floor.
For the Lakers, Drummond can provide rebounding above all else. Additionally, he is an extra big body to allow Anthony Davis to rest and a lob threat to unlock some more offensive versatility.
Of course, it should be noted that this leak could be from the Cavaliers’ side to raise the trade market for Drummond by convincing other teams that the big man would sign with the Lakers if bought out.