The Philadelphia 76ers and Andre Drummond have agreed to a deal that will allow the power forward to become a free agent in the offseason. Philadelphia will be giving Drummond a 2-year deal worth $18.5 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent center Andre Drummond, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement. The deal is for $18 million. Drummond, who is 25, averaged 15.1 points and 14.6 rebounds in 2016-17. As a second-round pick in 2012, he has averaged 13.6 points and 12.7 rebounds in his three seasons.
The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract with free-agent center Andre Drummond, according to a person familiar with the deal. The agreement is pending a physical, which is expected to happen on Monday.
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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers and center Andre Drummond agreed to a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum on Tuesday.
Drummond, a two-time All-Star who has led the NBA in rebounding four times in his career, will join 76ers superstar big man Joel Embiid in this agreement. While Drummond was with the Detroit Pistons and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference, the two had a lengthy history of playing against one other many times a season.
Drummond was dismissed from a game in the fourth quarter of 2018 after Embiid’s arm came up near his head on a flop, and Embiid subsequently labeled Drummond a “bum” in a tweet a few weeks later.
Drummond, on the other hand, has effectively become a backup center swap between the Lakers and the Sixers, with Embiid’s understudy from last season, Dwight Howard, returning to Los Angeles on a one-year contract Monday night in the first hours of free agency.
Drummond signed with the Lakers as the biggest-name player available on the buyout market only a few months ago, after clearing waivers after agreeing to a buyout with the Cavaliers. The fit, on the other hand, became more complicated over time, with Drummond’s star dimming to the point where he was benched for the Lakers’ final game of the season, Game 6 of their first-round series against the Phoenix Suns, in which he was a DNP-CD to cap off his brief and rocky stay in Los Angeles.
In 21 regular-season games with the Lakers, Drummond averaged 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, and although coach Frank Vogel said repeatedly that he saw Drummond as a long-term part of the club’s future with Anthony Davis, the squad appeared to operate more smoothly with Marc Gasol at center.
There was also a stalemate at the five, with Montrezl Harrell, who was dealt to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Russell Westbrook, also playing the position.
Rob Pelinka, the Lakers’ vice president of basketball operations and general manager, who formerly represented Drummond as an agent, had no regrets about signing the big man after the season concluded.
“His ability to rebound the ball, defend the rim, and provide us with agility and size in the paint was an important element to add to the squad,” Pelinka said.
Now, the Sixers will be hoping that those abilities can be put to good use behind Embiid, who has been a consistent source of frustration in Philadelphia over the last several seasons. In recent years, the 76ers have used a revolving cast of personalities at the backup 5, including Greg Monroe, Al Horford, and Howard. Drummond is now the newest — and most improbable — candidate to attempt to fill the position.
Philadelphia began the offseason by re-signing guard Furkan Korkmaz to a three-year, $15 million contract, and subsequently dismissed guard George Hill, whose contract for the 2021-22 season was mainly non-guaranteed. Danny Green, a veteran guard, is one of the biggest names remaining on the market after many of the others were swiftly signed within the first 18 hours of free agency.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN contributed to this story.
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