In the wake of Andre Drummond's surprising decision to join the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency and become a backup to longtime rival Joel Embiid, the 27-year-old two-time All-Star said that "things change," but he'd accepted the opportunity placed before him.
"In life, things change, and it's nothing that is affecting me at all, or making me feel any type of way," Drummond said in a video conference call in the wake of his signing becoming official Thursday. "That's the role that's been given to me. It's something that I've accepted and I'm willing to do.
"If it's in the best interest of the team to win, it has to get done."
Drummond, who has led the NBA in rebounding four times and has made two All-Star teams and an All-NBA team in his career, was arguably the biggest name on the buyout market when he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. But the fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis proved cumbersome, and Drummond was eventually left on the bench as a healthy scratch for what turned out to be the final game of the Lakers' season, Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series with the Phoenix Suns.
When asked why he didn't re-sign with the Lakers, after they had indicated during the season they would want to bring him back beyond last season, Drummond said the moves the Lakers had made removed that as a possibility.