Report: Miami Heat showed strong interest in Andre Drummond before he signed with Los Angeles Lakers

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The Miami Heat reportedly were interested in adding center Andre Drummond before he ultimately landed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Drummond, 27, officially signed with the Lakers on Sunday after agreeing to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Drummond, a two-time All-Star who spent more than seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons from 2012 to 2020, hasn’t played since Feb. 12 after Cleveland was reportedly searching for trade destinations for him. He is averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game this season in 25 contests.

The Heat still remained active around the trade deadline, acquiring Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets for Kelly Olynyk, Avery Bradley and a draft swap.

Drummond will make his Lakers debut tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks while the Heat take on the Indiana Pacers.

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Nick is a freelance writer for Heat Nation and devoted NBA fan. Growing up in Detroit, he lived Pistons basketball and to this day remembers the ’06 Dwayne Wade & Shaq Heat team that ended their Eastern Conference reign. With the Pistons far away from being title contenders, he adopted the Heat as his 2020 bubble team and was not disappointed. He graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism and currently resides in Los Angeles.