The Los Angeles Lakers fell well short of vying for a second straight NBA title. Big man Andre Drummond‘s future with the Lakers remains a mystery as he heads toward free agency. With that in mind, Drummond recently found a wittily way to troll the fan base.
Andre Drummond’s brief Lakers tenure
After this past season’s trade deadline, the Lakers signed Drummond for the rest of the campaign.
The two-time All-Star immediately took on a significant role as the starting center. In 21 regular season games, he averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 53.1% from the field in 24.8 minutes per contest. However, his playing time decreased in the playoff as he struggled to find his footing.
In the first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, he averaged 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds on 63.0% shooting from the floor in 20.8 minutes per game. Drummond’s experience with the Lakers left an uncertain standing regarding his future as he heads into free agency.
The big man recently stirred up the pot with comments directed toward the franchise, which he finally cleared the air.
Andre Drummond cleverly trolled Lakers fans into believing an internal rift
Drummond recently created a stir concerning his future with the Lakers after blasting head coach Frank Vogel on Instagram for not playing him more this past season.
It didn’t take long for fans to immediately create the notion that the 27-year-old may have played his final game with Los Angeles. However, Drummond dispelled all the noise during his recent appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump” by stating that he made those comments to grab attention to promote his upcoming NFT collection.
“It wasn’t an issue to begin with. I used that to. I’m actually launching an NFT on Friday,” Drummond said. “so that was just to get everyone’s attention. It was very strategic, I just did what I needed to. I got the attention and now I’m talking to you guys so I can talk about it more.”
The two-time All-Star dropped merchandise on July 9 that was inspired by FS1’s Skip Bayless calling him “Kareem Abdul-Drummond.” Even if it is all a ploy to garner attention, the big man certainly knows anything he says right now through social media will be scrutinized.
Drummond currently holds no clarity concerning his Lakers’ future as various reports have mapped out his path in both directions. He’s spoken quite highly of his time playing for the franchise alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. However, he’s also well aware that he may garner a more lucrative offer to play elsewhere.
Whatever the franchise decides to do with Drummond, it will play a pivotal in shaping the frontcourt as Marc Gasol is currently the only center under contract next season. Ultimately, only time will tell if Drummond’s tenure will the Lakers extends further.
Los Angeles will have plenty of offseason options
Beyond Drummond’s future, the Lakers’ front office holds several critical roster decisions this upcoming offseason.
Los Angeles possesses several other players heading into free agency, such as Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso, Talen Horton-Tucker, Markieff Morris, and Wesley Matthews. The team may also venture into the trade market to add talent as recent rumors emerged concerning potential interest in acquiring Kyle Lowry or Demar DeRozan.
If the Lakers head that route, it could see the team include Kyle Kuzma become an active part of any offer due to his $13 million salary in the first year of his three-year, $39 million extension. The organization is solely focused on constructing a roster around James and Davis that can compete for another NBA title.
All those factors may set the table for an extremely busy offseason for Los Angeles.