Marc Gasol, defended by Harris in a Lakers-Sixers.Tim Nwachukwu / AF
P Marc Gasol is no longer a starter for the Lakers . The team's coach, Frank Vogel, explained that the newcomer Andre Drummond will occupy the center position from the game that the Lakers will play against the Milwaukee Bucks in the early hours of Wednesday to Thursday.
Drummond, 27 years old and 2.08 meters , signed for the Lakers on Sunday after having terminated his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 in the 25 games he played this season.
Marc Gasol, 36, who signed for the Lakers in November 2020, averaged 4.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in the 38 he has played, always as a starter. On March 25 he reappeared after missing nine games due to covid-19
"Marc has had a difficult streak with health and safety protocols and a few other things," Vogel explained. “Here it is dear. The boys respect him a lot. He has been a true professional. We are going to need all three of our centers to qualify for the playoffs and in the race to win the title. He is a true professional ”. Vogel added that he has not spoken with Marc Gasol about a possible termination of the contract he signed for two seasons.
The role of Marc
Drummond will play his first game since February 12, the date on which the Cavaliers decided it was not going to be. starter because they bet on Jarrett Allen as a center. Since then, Drummond, waiting to change teams, has not played again. During the last weeks, Drummond says he has lost weight and assures that he is in a good moment of form.
The incorporation of Drummond to the starting five adds many doubts about the role of Marc Gasol from now on since the position of center reserves It is occupied by Montrezl Harrell, who is performing satisfactorily with an average of 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 223 minutes.
Drummond, 27, will be a free agent at the end of the season and Vogel said the team has the intention to renew: "It is what we hope, that it will be a key piece for us, both in the short and long term."
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