The Los Angeles Lakers signed Andre Drummond after the NBA Trade Deadline last year with the hopes of later inking him to a long-term deal over the offseason. Unfortunately, the 27-year-old struggled to make any sort of meaningful impact on the team – putting up largely empty stats en route to increasingly diminishing playing time.
Last week, Drummond agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia 76ers to serve as Joel Embiid’s backup. The fact that he went from projected starter in LA to reserve for arguably his biggest rival in the league tells you everything you need to know about what has happened to Drummond’s stock.
This past week, Drummond revealed why he ultimately opted to not re-sign with the Lakers and go to Philly instead.
It largely reaffirmed what every sort of knew.
“Times is changing, and they made different trades and different changes to their team to where it didn’t make sense for me to go back there,” Drummond said during his introductory press conference. “I just took the next best thing after that, and it was to come to Philly. I think it’s a great fit for me.”
The fact that backup for the Sixers was “the next best thing” speaks volumes.
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Philly now becomes Drummond’s fourth team in three years.
Drummond’s recent social media activity signaled that he and the Lakers were on the outs, so none of this should come as a huge shock. He himself has admitted on numerous occasions that life in purple and gold was different – and it seems like, frankly, he simply wasn’t cut out for it.