Report: Marc Gasol never got over Lakers demoting him for Andre Drummond

Brad Sullivan
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The signing and usage of former Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond last season was apparently a blow that veteran Marc Gasol never got over.

Gasol was eventually dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies. They plan on releasing the 36-year-old veteran in order for him to finish his basketball career in his native Spain.

Drummond was signed in late March after being bought out of his remaining contract by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He started in every regular season game he played in with the Lakers.

However, due to key injuries to both Anthony Davis and LeBron James, Drummond’s contributions didn’t help much. The Lakers quickly exited from the postseason. During the free-agency period, Drummond then signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Now, the Lakers will have to depend on Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan to offer meaningful minutes in the frontcourt. Though both players have their strengths, neither can facilitate scoring or stretch the floor like Gasol.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.