The Los Angeles Lakers have hit a bit of a lull in recent weeks as some key cogs of their rotation have been sidelined. They are taking things slow with superstar Anthony Davis, who is dealing with a calf injury. Starting point guard Dennis Schroeder was sidelined because of the league’s health and safety protocol.
The team’s recent four-game losing streak coincided in the four games that Schroeder was on the sidelines with Davis. Being without a third of your nightly scoring is something every team in the NBA would struggle to replace.
While the Lakers do have some great depth, they have learned that they could also use more, especially in the frontcourt. They signed Marc Gasol and Montrezl Harrell in the offseason to replace Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee, which was considered an upgrade by many. Thus far, the results have been mixed.
Gasol, who is now in the league’s health and safety protocols, is solid in his role as a starter. He is handing out a few assists, knocking down some 3-pointers and protecting the rim. Harrell is taking a little longer to adjust to the team’s defensive schemes. As a result, the team could look to add some more depth to the spot and they have their eyes set on Andre Drummond.
According to rival scouts and executives, the Lakers have Drummond high on their wish list if he is bought out. There is a chance that occurs, as Drummond and the Cleveland Cavaliers decided he would remain away from the team as they sort out his playing future.
The Cavaliers are in no rush to trade Drummond, which isn’t surprising. They know what they can get for him on the trade market, so waiting to see if a team gets desperate and offers more is a smart play on their part.
The Lakers added Damian Jones this week and he has provided them with some solid production in the limited minutes he has received. However, someone like Drummond could change the look of the team given his ability to score and rebound the basketball.
There have been plenty of debates as to whether Drummond’s style helps his team win basketball games. However, he has never played alongside someone the likes of LeBron James or Anthony Davis. Having those two as motivation could have a positive impact on Drummond if he indeed lands in Los Angeles.