The LA Lakers shook up things a bit after the trade deadline with their big-splash move adding star center Andre Drummond. The acquisition has brought along some tremendous buzz around the franchise. Drummond didn’t take long to build off that excitement for Lakers fans before even playing his first game in LA.
Lakers sign Andre Drummond after contract buyout
Following a quiet trade deadline, the Lakers made a massive splash in the buyout market.
LA moved quickly to sign two-time All-Sar Andre Drummond for the rest of this season. Drummond’s addition brings forth some much-needed presence in the frontcourt as he’s proven to be one of the league’s top centers.
The 27-year-old is a significant factor on the glass, leading the league in rebounding four times while being an effective rim protector. The Lakers have greatly lacked in those two areas this season, especially since Anthony Davis became sidelined.
Drummond is expected to step in right away as the team’s starting center, which could see him take on a significant workload from the get-go. Before playing his first game with the Lakers, he has already enthralled the team’s fan base.
Andre Drummond is already winning over Lakers fans without even taking the court
The buzz around the Lakers has ramped up again after the team landed an All-Star talent in Andre Drummond.
Drummond didn’t take long to make a strong first impression on his new teammates and fan base. During his introductory press conference on Monday, the 27-year-old voiced that he’s focused on winning games and nothing more. (H/T Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation)
“For me, I’m just focused on wearing a Lakers jersey right now,” Drummond said. “When the time comes for the next decision, we’ll cross that bridge. But as of right now, my main focus is helping this team win as many games as possible.”
Drummond’s free agency next offseason will be a pressing question for LA, but that remains down the road. He’s well aware of the unique opportunity ahead to potentially compete for an NBA title.
He has the chance to play a significant role as a primary factor in the frontcourt next to Anthony Davis. It’s a game plan that could work twofold for him as it could also help earn him a lofty contract offer from LA or another team in free agency.
With that mentality and approach to his Lakers’ tenure, it won’t take long for Drummond to endear himself to the fan base and his new teammates.
Health will be key to LA’s title hopes
Andre Drummond’s presence provides the Lakers with a much-needed boost, but their title hopes ultimately hinge on their health.
LA’s championship chances are squarely on the shoulders of their two stars in LeBron James and Anthony Davis, both returning healthy from their injuries.
Davis has been out of the lineup since mid-February but recently received clearance to take the next step in his recovery process. The Lakers have proceeded quite cautiously, given the nature of his injury dealing with the Achilles area.
Meanwhile, LeBron James may be a week or two away from returning to the floor from his right high-ankle sprain. The Lakers also hold a tough road ahead with one of the league’s most difficult remaining regular-season schedules.
LA is hoping to remain afloat until James and Davis return at some point in the coming weeks. Nonetheless, the Lakers will only go as far as their two stars take them.