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.
Free agent C Andre Drummond has agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers, source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 3, 2021
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.”