The Los Angeles Lakers added Andre Drummond in the second half of last season after he was bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The move was initially viewed as a big one. Many quickly began calling the defending champs the clear frontrunners to repeat once again. Montrezl Harrell’s reaction, specifically, went viral and represented the way a lot of folks felt.
Unfortunately, Drummond couldn’t quite deliver on the hype. Despite sort of living up to his reputation as a double-double machine, the production he brought to the table was largely inconsequential. It was stat-padding, not meaningful in any real capacity.
Once the season ended, the obvious question that began floating around Lakers circles was: what happens to Drummond now?
On Friday, fans may have gotten a bit of a peak at the answer.
During a recent appearance on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast, Drummond was pressed on where he plans to play next season.
He kept his response short and sweet. Two words, in fact: “Shanghai, China.”
Obviously Drummond is joking, but the fact that he didn’t definitively say the Lakers is telling. It also coincides with his recent social media posts.
Since Conor McGregor is so quick to talk about Dustin Poirier’s wife… https://t.co/dutD0Q3zac
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 9, 2021
The Lakers have been pretty upfront with their intentions as they pertain to Drummond. However, things change rapidly in the NBA – and what might’ve been the plan two months ago is not necessarily the plan today.
Where will Drummond ultimately be playing come next year? Time will tell.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.