How Andre Drummond impacts the Lakers’ repeat title run

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

Will Andre Drummond provide a boost to a Los Angeles Lakers team reeling from injuries to stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James?

After deciding not to make a trade before Thursday’s deadline, the Lakers are close to finding help on the buyout market. Once Drummond, who reached a buyout deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, clears waivers at 5 p.m. ET Sunday, he intends to sign with the Lakers, his agent told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

What role can Drummond, a two-time All-Star, play for the Lakers both now and once AD and LeBron return in time for the playoffs? Will he help the Lakers avoid sliding in the standings? Let’s take a look at how Drummond fits in L.A.

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