With 17 days to go until the NBA trade deadline of March 25, teams throughout the league are taking steps to enhance their chances of winning the NBA championship and going back to the playoffs.
However, there have been different options circulating, and the most consistent name on most team’s watch list as well as the Los Angeles Lakers is Andre Drummond.
That’s why, according to Marc Stone of The New York Times, the Lakers have shown big interest in Drummond, the center for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers are hoping the two-time All-Star will agree to a buyout offer with the Cavaliers in order to acquire him. Drummond is averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game so far this season.
Because Drummond’s salary this season is $27 million, few teams in the league have the requisite salary to make the Drummond trade. The Boston Celtics, who have a trade exception beyond $30-million, may be the only players in the market.
Drummond might enter the title race and be in the starting lineup with the Lakers, who are currently the league’s best defensive unit. Most experts believe the Cavs are looking for a trade as opposed to the buyout.