Andre Drummond is expected to join defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, according to an ESPN report, derailing the Celtics’ plans to add the big man.
Drummond was bought by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, sparking a frenzy in the 27-year-old, who made two All-Star teams over eight seasons with the Detroit Pistons. That battle looks set to be won by Los Angeles, with ESPN reporting “star players and the central office [members] I’ve been recruiting Drummond hard, selling him a chance to get into the defending champion’s starting lineup. “
The City Clippers, Knicks, Celtics and Hornets are among the teams rumored to be interested in Drummond, who averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 games before being shut down in mid-February as the Cavaliers sought trades. . Drummond was in the midst of making $ 27.9 million this season, the final year of his contract, before reaching a deal on the purchase.
Drummond clears the waivers at 5 p.m. Sunday, but ESPN reported that it could finalize where it is going before then.