The Los Angeles Lakers came up with a huge win this past weekend when they signed Andre Drummond after he was bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Montrezl Harrell’s blunt reaction to the move represents that general overall sentiment regarding it.
Drummond will immediately improve the starting lineup. He averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 starts this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and will likely be able to do the same in LA.
The question now is: what’s next?
According to Jovan Buha and Jared Weiss of The Athletic, the defending champs are looking to fill their final available roster spot with a very specific type of player.
“The Lakers are currently at $137.53 million in total salary with about $1.39 million to spare under the hard cap,: they wrote.
“With the Lakers roster at 14, it meets the league minimum number of players on board. The Lakers are expected to pursue a 3-and-D wing with their final roster spot, per sources.”
One of the big names that has been floated as a serious option is Avery Bradley, who has had something of an interesting relationship with the Lakers over the past year.
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Another possibility is Otto Porter Jr., who is more remembered for his sexy parties over COVID than anything he’s done on the court in recent seasons.
One way or another, though, the Lakers need to keep adding talent. Between the recovery update they just got on LeBron James and Anthony Davis’ prognosis, the team needs talent by any means necessary.
Who will they ultimately use that final roster spot on? Time will tell.