The Philadelphia 76ers and center Andre Drummond agreed on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Drummond is a two-time All-Star and four-time rebounding champion and will team up with current Sixers star center Joel Embiid to form a unique one-two punch. Drummond was bought out of his contract by the Cleveland Cavaliers last season and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
He appeared in 21 games for the Lakers, averaging 11.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game after putting up 17.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 1.2 bpg with the Cavs.
Drummond was acquired shortly after the trade deadline after agreeing to his buyout, but had very few games to integrate into the Lakers’ lineup and never seemed to fit well alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Joining up with the 76ers and Embiid may seem to be an odd situation for Drummond for those who recall the history between the players. In the 2018-19 season, the then-longstanding discord between the big men added to its lore when Embiid had a monster game against Drummond in a 133-132 win on Oct. 23, 2018.
Late in that game, Drummond was ejected after picking up his second technical foul after Embiid scored. After the game, Embiid famously said he owns “real estate in [Drummond’s] head,” to which Drummond took to Twitter and called Embiid an “Emmy Award winning actor.”