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Report: Lakers, Nets top contenders to land Andre Drummond if buyout is reached

Brooklyn and Los Angeles are in an arms race in the buyout market. Who could be the one to land Drummond? We check out the latest report.

Andre Drummond celebrates with JaVale McGee of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a timeout during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on February 19, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Cavaliers are working to find a new home for C Andre Drummond. The former All-Star center has been sitting out awaiting a buyout or deal with another team. If the Cavs can’t find a trade partner, Drummond will likely be bought out of his contract. If that’s the case, Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets would be the most likely destinations for Drummond.

The Nets have already added one former All-Star in the buyout market, Drummond’s former Detroit Pistons teammate Blake Griffin. Brooklyn is trying to add as many veteran bodies as possible to load up for a title run with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden. The Lakers haven’t made any significant moves but could definitely use the depth in the front court with Anthony Davis (calf) sidelined for another few weeks. Marc Gasol is in Covid-19 protocols as well.

Drummond isn’t exactly ideal for either team. He is a rim-runner who hasn’t been shooting the ball well inside this season. He’s a solid rebounder and rim protector, but that’s about it. So the idea for both these teams is depth in case injuries pile up before or during the postseason. Drummond doesn’t stretch the floor at all, but the Nets have gotten by with DeAndre Jordan as their primary big man. The Lakers likely wouldn’t run Drummond in crunch time anyway once AD is back, opting for a front court with LeBron James, Montrezl Harrell and Davis.

This feels a lot like the Griffin situation: A player piggy-backing with superstars to try and win a title. Not to say Drummond is useless and won’t be productive. Again, he can clear the paint and would be able to snag offensive rebounds on a team like the Nets, that plans on shooting a ton.