NBA rumors: Lakers meet Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge

NBA rumors: Lakers meet Andre Drummond, LaMarcus Aldridge

After holding on to the NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers – as expected – will have meetings with the two leading centers in the buyout market, as Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports that LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Drummond will meet the team. .

For Aldridge, this will be his third free agency meeting with the Lakers; and first with that front office, long after the Adam Levine jersey fueled debacle of 2015. For Drummond, this will be the first time he will speak with the team as a free agent, but he has some familiarity, as Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is his former agent.

According to several reports over the past week, the Heat are widely seen as the favorites to sign Aldridge, with those meetings likely just an agent-led ploy to avoid tampering charges if he went to the Heat immediately. without meeting.

While it can also be a smokescreen, Drummond’s next destination is less clear. The Lakers are seen in the league as the favorites to sign him, but the Knicks have also become a contender, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

Besides being from New York, it’s pretty clear why the Knicks might appeal to Drummond. John Hollinger of The Athletic broke it down:

With $ 15 million in theaters, they could sign him to a four-year, prorated, $ 64 million contract, essentially leading his agency free a few months earlier. Such an agreement would probably be much more acceptable to Drummond than one of the minimums offered by the competitors.

For what it’s worth, the Knicks would still be undecided on what they would offer Drummond.

So basically for Drummond the decision will come down to a chance to win, or Knicks money. Aldridge seems less accessible according to media reports, but in a rare bright spot this week, the Lakers will at least have the chance to woo both. That’s something as this team looks to fill the bottom two spots on their roster over the coming weeks.

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