The Los Angeles Lakers announced former Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond signed with the team for an undisclosed amount on Sunday after clearing waivers this afternoon.
“Andre Drummond gives us powerful, anchor-point skills on both ends of the court,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. “We feel extremely fortunate to add a player of his caliber and magnitude to our core group at this stage of our journey to defend the NBA title.”
Drummond will wear No. 2.
Per an ESPN report, the Lakers and the Boston Celtics were in talks with Drummond’s agent Jeff Schwartz after his client’s reached an agreement to have the remainder of his $27.9 million contract bought out by the Cavaliers on Friday.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Drummond hopes to attend Sunday night's game between the Lakers and the Orlando Magic at Staples Center.
Drummond is reportedly attracted by the possibility of a starting role with the Lakers, who need interior defensive help due to the absence of Anthony Davis (right calf strain) and LeBron James (right high-ankle sprain).
The 27-year-old Drummond has not played a game since Feb. 12. He averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 starts for the Cavaliers this season.
When Cleveland traded for a younger center earlier this season in Jarrett Allen, Drummond’s playing time was reduced. Drummond reached an agreement with the Cavaliers to leave the active roster until a trade or buyout allowed the big man to move to another team.