2021 NBA Trade Deadline: 10 trades to shake up the season

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Trade No. 6: Andre Drummond to the Los Angeles Lakers

Yes, technically that does not qualify as a trade per se, but the very possibility of Andre Drummond ending up on the Los Angeles Lakers via the buyout market is looking more and more likely with each passing day and it could heavily impact the playoff race.

The Cleveland Cavaliers removed Drummond from basketball activities about a month ago, in hopes of trading him for a sizeable return. Fast-forward to today and we’re pretty much certain that no team has inquired about Drummond’s availability and offered them a trade package.

If the Cavs fail to secure a trade partner for Drummond, then the two sides will most likely agree on a buyout. And if a player like him can end up in free agency, wouldn’t everybody want a piece of him?

This season, Drummond has been averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game, yet somehow the Cavaliers have no use for him. He is on an expiring contract and apparently, they do not want to commit to his services long-term.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been near the top of the Western Conference standings but are unfortunately very thin on big men. The departures of Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee were not adequately filled with signings, as Montrezl Harrell has proven to be more of a power forward and Marc Gasol’s age is starting to get to him.

Getting one of the best centers in the league “on a free” will be huge for LA’s chances at repeating as NBA Champions. Size, an aspect of theirs that was crucial to last season’s success can once again be a key factor in winning the ultimate prize, thanks to Drummond.