When the Lakers acquired Drummond after he cleared waivers once parting ways with the Cavs, the center was supposedly the crown jewel of the buyout market.
But his season ended with a DNP-CD in L.A.’s elimination loss to the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs, capping off a short but rocky first foray with the 2019-20 champions.
Drummond averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 21 regular-season games with the Lakers, and although coach Frank Vogel repeatedly said he envisioned Drummond as part of L.A.’s future long term next to Anthony Davis, the team seemed to run more smoothly with Marc Gasol at center.
Rob Pelinka, who is the Lakers’ vice president of basketball operations and general manager and who represented Drummond back when he was an agent, expressed no regret in signing the big man after the season ended.
“His ability to rebound the ball and protect the rim and give us athleticism and size in the paint was an essential ingredient to add to the team and something that we would do again and again,” Pelinka said.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin contributed to this report.