4 Former Lakers L.A. Should Sign for a Reunion This Offseason

There's nothing like reuniting with a familiar face. That's why the Lakers should consider targeting these four former Los Angeles players for a reunion this summer.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of three former Lakers who should return to Los Angeles this offseason.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of three former Lakers who should return to Los Angeles this offseason. / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Andre Drummond, C

Andre Drummond is another center who the Lakers could target for a reunion in the coming weeks. The former 2012 9th-overall pick joined Los Angeles for the remainder of the 2020-21 season after being bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 11.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in a starting role across the final 21 games.

Drummond has since played for a trio of franchises over the last three seasons and is now a free agent this offseason. Although the Chicago Bulls still have time to re-sign the four-time rebounding leader, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times has reported that Drummond will likely test free agency.

Even though the 30-year-old could seek a big pay raise after only making $3.3 million last season, a reunion with the cash-strapped Lakers can't be ruled out. For starters, Spotrac lists Drummond as having over $145 million in career earnings, so it isn't as if money is a necessity for him at this point.

If anything, Drummond could be motivated to join a potential contender like the Lakers on a cheaper deal. Even though he's been in the league for 12 seasons, the Mount Vernon, NY native is still on the hunt for his first championship ring, which could outweigh any financial aspirations. Hell, he's barely even experienced the NBA postseason, having played in just 17 games across four postseasons.

It could be a long shot to land him, but the Lakers must try to reunite with Drummond even if it's just a slim possibility. His rebounding is still at a high level (career 26.1 REB per 100 possessions in 2023-24) and he just shot 61.6% at the rim, making it clear that he still has enough juice in the tank to help bring a championship back to Los Angeles.

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