Los Angeles Lakers forward Markieff Morris is thrilled about the addition of center Andre Drummond to the team. Drummond, who agreed with the Cleveland Cavaliers to split last month, was picked up by the Lakers in the buyout market last week.
“We’re gonna get a hard-working guy, he’s gonna change the game a lot for us with his size, his rebounding ability and his ability to block shots,” Morris said. “I think that being around this type of team is going to raise his level of play just like it does for everybody else and I think he’s gonna be a great addition”.
The Lakers are still waiting their top two stars -- LeBron James and Anthony Davis -- to return. "It will be great to get some great energy around here. We’re waiting for the two big dogs to come back too, they’re coming back with great energy.
So to have three players like that coming back and going towards the playoffs is gonna be real big for us. I might get a day off or two here when they come back,” Morris joked.
Morris acknowledges Drummond's statistic
“His numbers speak for themselves, 17 and 13 or something like that, it happens like that.
I feel like a lot of players go through the same thing, just really just finding the right piece at the right place, where you fit the most where a team needs you. I think he’s gonna be happy here”. According to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, Drummond is also excited to be a Laker.
“I have talked to him personally,” Vogel said. “He’s really excited about this situation. I don’t want to go too far into the nature of those private conversations other than to say he’s really excited.
Probably as excited as we are. I think our team got a lot better”. Vogel expects Drummond to give the Lakers a big lift. "We're all thrilled to add Andre Drummond, a player of his caliber, to our team," Vogel said following the Lakers' 96-93 win over the visiting Orlando Magic on Sunday night.
"He's one of the best centers in the league, someone that every defensive coordinator is going to have to account for and to figure out how to handle him when they're trying to slow down [Anthony Davis] and [LeBron James] and our guards.
"I think he's going to give us a big lift in the immediate future, and then obviously when we get going. He can dominate the game on both sides of the ball. His physicality is something you have to account for."