Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope says his friendship with Andre Drummond from their days in Detroit is still there. Caldwell-Pope, who was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, has been a Laker since 2017.
On the other side, Drummond was taken by the Pistons at No. 9 in the 2012 NBA draft and he played for the team until 2020. After agreeing to split with the Cleveland Cavaliers and reaching the buyout market, Drummond decided to sign with the Lakers.
“The one game we did play, we didn’t really get acquainted, I would say,'' Caldwell-Pope said, per Lakers Nation. ''But I know Dre, I played with him three years in Detroit and playing with him then was what was good, he’s a great great great big.
Just him being added to the team is really gonna help us out when our other two guys are back, Bron and AD. So just adding him, it’s a positive. Our friendship is still there, it’s been there since Detroit. So it’s just easier to come up to him and talk to him, just get him acquainted to the ins and outs.
So it’s good to have him over”.
Lakers center Marc Gasol frustrated with his role after Drummond's arrival
"I think there's an 'if' -- 'if' they need you. And it's a big 'if,'" Gasol said when asked about Lakers coach Frank Vogel repeatedly stating Gasol's continued importance.
"You're not Plan A right now. You're Plan C, D. ... You have to accept it because that's your job. And that's what you sign up to do. It's never easy to accept that." Despite the arrival of Drummond, Lakers coach Vogel still insists that Gasol is a big part of what they are trying to achieve.
"I think people need to understand how good of a player Marc Gasol is and how valuable he is to what we're doing," Vogel said. "And we're going to play our most important players, so he's going to help us win a championship this year.
That's the plan. That's the vision. Obviously Andre coming along gives us the depth. But we're going to need all three of those guys. We stated that from Day 1, and Marc is one of our most important players. He dominated the game tonight with five points, OK? And this is what Marc brings to the table."