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Los Angeles Lakers officially sign free-agent centre Andre Drummond

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The Los Angeles Lakers have officially signed two-time All-Star Andre Drummond after he cleared waivers, adding some much-needed help to the defending champions' frontcourt.

Drummond has been sidelined since Feb. 15 while he and his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, looked to find a trade suitor for the league's best rebounder. When the trade deadline passed without a deal in place for Drummond, the Cavaliers elected to buy out the 27-year-old centre.

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported that Drummond had meetings lined up with the Lakers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, LA Clippers and Charlotte Hornets to decide his next landing spot, but Los Angeles came out on top amongst their competition.

Drummond gives the injury-riddled Lakers some timely help, as LeBron James is out indefinitely with an ankle injury and Anthony Davis has been sidelined since Feb. 16 with an Achilles injury. As a result, Los Angeles had been sliding down the Western Conference standings after losing four of its last five games.

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Drummond will give the Lakers a physical interior presence and a dominating glass cleaner that adds a different dimension than current centres on the roster, Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol.

The UConn product has averaged a strong 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks over the 25 games he has appeared in this season. Where he lends the most help is on the offensive glass, where the Lakers rank 17th in the NBA in offensive boards per game. Drummond's 4.0 offensive rebounds per game ties him with Jonas Valanciunas for third-most in the league, only trailing Clint Capela (5.0) and Enes Kanter (4.4).

Drummond has led the NBA in rebounds per game in four of the last five seasons. Joining Los Angeles, he'll have the first opportunity of his career to make a deep playoff run, having only appeared in the postseason twice with the Detroit Pistons, being swept out of the first round on both instances.

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