Despite a turbulent tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers, it appeared after the season that Andre Drummond would return, with both sides expressing interest in getting a deal done in free agency.
That never happened and Drummond instead signed with the Philadelphia 76ers, essentially swapping places with Dwight Howard, who signed with the Lakers early on in free agency.
Drummond after the moves the Lakers made, it didn’t make sense for him to go back.
“You know, times are changing, and they made different trades and changes to their team to where it didn’t make sense for me to go back there, so I took the next-best thing after that, which was to come to Philly,” Drummond told reporters on Thursday. “I think it’s a great fit for me.”
The Lakers acquired Drummond in March following the big man reaching a buyout agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds and started all but one game he played with the Lakers — DNP-CD in the decisive Game 6 of LA’s first-round playoff series against Phoenix.