But it’s not easy to trade a limited center with a $28,751,774 salary.
So, a buyout is possible – which could get Drummond to the Lakers.
Marc Stein of The New York Times:
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
This is far from definite language – “optimism,” “strong consideration,” “if.” But NBA rules dictate caution when leaking information like this. Drummond is still under contract with Cleveland, after all. I infer fairly significant Drummond-to-Los Angeles momentum if he’s bought out.
But it’s unclear which forwards and guards will be available to Los Angeles.
Drummond could provide athletic size the Lakers lost with Dwight Howard‘s and JaVale McGee‘s departures last offseason. Drummond rebounds excellently. Perhaps, he – like McGee did in Los Angeles – would defend more effectively in a narrow role. Drummond’s effectiveness as an interior scorer and passer can drift with his focus. Again, playing for the championship-contending Lakers could bring out the best in him.
First, though, Drummond must become a free agent. The Cavs still hold the cards.