NBA Free Agency: 76ers Technically Swap Centers With Lakers, Acquire Andre Drummond

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The Philadelphia 76ers were left scrambling after Dwight Howard opted to return to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2021-22 NBA season on a minimum deal. Ironically, the Sixers took in someone who had a short stint with the purple and gold in Andre Drummond.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Sixers came to terms with the two-time All-Star on a one-year deal. Ironically, Drummond reportedly agreed to a veteran’s minimum despite most believing he would be seeking big money in free agency.

Andre Drummond [photo from Andre Drummond Instagram account]
Andre Drummond [photo from Andre Drummond Instagram account]
Although the Lakers allegedly wanted to keep the 27-year-old player who they allegedly saw as a piece of their future, updates on that somehow went silent.

Drummond struggled to fit in with the Lakers last season, averaging 11.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and a block in 21 regular-season games.

Those numbers dipped further in the playoffs with the 6-foot-10 player managing only 9 points and 11 rebounds in 21 minutes of action in just 5 games. It was clear that Drummond groped for form as he tried to co-exist with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Now, Drummond hopes to try his luck in Philly as back-up to Joel Embiid. Ironically, the two big men have a colorful history, ESPN reported.

In 2018, Embiid got Drummond ejected from the fourth quarter of a game with a flop. This happened after Drummond’s arm came up near his head after which the Sixers’ center called Drummond a “bum.”