- The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to go after Andre Drummond if the Cavs proceed with a buyout.
- According to a report from the NY Times, Drummond and the Lakers have mutual interest.
- Los Angeles has slipped to second behind the Brooklyn Nets in the latest championship oddsboard at BetOnline at+285.
Andre Drummond has been in the freezer for almost a month as the Cleveland Cavaliers continue to search for a team that is willing to take in one of the league’s best rebounders and top double-double machines. But with the league’s March 25 trade deadline fast approaching, the Cavaliers may be forced to do what the Detroit Pistons did with Blake Griffin last week: buy him out.
If Cleveland ends up buying out Drummond, then the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to be among the teams lining up to get Drummond’s services. The Lakers need to shore up their frontline right now with Anthony Davis sidelined with an Achilles injury. With the second half of the season about to start, Los Angeles needs to return to its winning ways if they want to defend their title.
There is optimism within the Lakers that they will get strong consideration from Andre Drummond if Drummond ultimately leaves the Cavaliers via buyout, league sources say.
Cleveland’s preference, of course, remains trading Drummond elsewhere before the March 25 trade deadline.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 8, 2021
The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that the Lakers are one of the two top favorite landing spots for Drummond, with the Brooklyn Nets being the other team. Brooklyn appears to have the advantage because they have more money to offer Drummond and because Brooklyn doesn’t have a center besides DeAndre Jordan while the Lakers have Marc Gasol and Anthony Davis when AD returns.
While the Lakers need a temporary fix while Davis is on the mend, the Nets have a permanent vacancy up front. Brooklyn has one of the thinnest frontlines in the league and they have no legitimate center behind Jordan. Consider this: Kevin Durant is the only other seven footer in the team and Jeff Green backs up Jordan in a small ball rotation.
However, according to a report from Marc Stein of the New York Times, there is a reported mutual interest between Drummond and the Lakers, that is if the Cavaliers cannot find a team willing to be a trade partner for Drummond and his massive $28.8M salary. And if Stein is correct, Drummond could be headed to Hollywood.
Lakers Drop to Second in the Oddsboards
For the 1st time this season, the Brooklyn Nets are favorites to win the NBA Championship pic.twitter.com/F4XyHBRvU3
— BetOnline.ag (@betonline_ag) March 8, 2021
For the first time this season, the Brooklyn Nets are the odds on favorite to win the NBA championship. That also means that for the first time since the 2021 championship odds opened, the Lakers are no longer the betting favorites. According to the BetOnline app, the Nets are now the +270 favorites while the Lakers are next at +285.
The Purple and Gold put on an impressive 2020 playoffs in Orlando and shorty after winning their first NBA championship in the post-Kobe era, the Lakers were immediately installed as the betting favorites to repeat as champions with Anthony Davis and LeBron James returning to run things back. But after Davis aggravated an Achilles injury and started missing games to heal his tendonosis, the Lakers have won just three out of nine games without him and are 3-7 in their last 10, including the game AD didn’t finish.
As a result, the Lakers have dropped to third in the Western Conference team standings, 3.5 games behind the conference leaders Utah Jazz. With Davis expected to miss at least a total of four weeks, the Laker Show needs to start winning without him to keep up with the leaders. Getting Andre Drummond to sign if he is bought out would be a great way to start doing that.