The Los Angeles Lakers made the move to sign Andre Drummond following his buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers in the middle of the season. It was a move that many thought would be a huge bonus and that it would help them compete for a second consecutive NBA championship. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out quite as planned and Frank Vogel and the Lakers were bounced in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
With the season over, the Lakers have changed their focus to the upcoming offseason. Drummond is a major question mark and no one truly knows what his future could be with the franchise.
Vogel spoke out with his thoughts about Drummond and made it clear that he wants the Lakers to bring Drummond back.
During his 22-game stint with the Lakers this season, Drummond ended up averaging 11.9 points per game to go along with 10.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1.0 steals. He shot 53.1 percent from the floor overall. Those numbers were not quite what the Lakers were hoping for, but they weren’t awful either.
At 27 years of age, Drummond is entering what could be his last offseason to come away with a decently lucrative deal. The way he ended the season with the Lakers did knock down his value, but he is still going to receive some nice hours.
Should the Lakers look to re-sign Andre Drummond this offseason? Many will say no, but quite frankly the franchise needs a big man and depending on the price, Drummond could be the best available. If he wants to stay with the team and is willing to sign for a decent price, the Lakers should absolutely make the move to keep him.
Frank Vogel and company will look to bounce back strong next season with LeBron James and Anthony Davis back to full health. Keeping Drummond to play alongside a healthy James and Davis could be a better fit than it was this year. It makes sense to run it back on another deal.
Expect to see Drummond have a decent market in free agency. He isn’t a superstar like many thought he was, but he is still an above average big man. Don’t be surprised if he ends up re-signing with the Lakers when everything is said and done.