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Frank Vogel says he’s ‘thrilled’ Andre Drummond chose Lakers in free agency

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The Lakers are ready for the Andre Drummond era to get started.

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The Los Angeles Lakers made their signing of Andre Drummond official on Sunday afternoon, which meant that Frank Vogel and his team were free to talk about the two-time All-Star after their win over the Orlando Magic later in the day. While they could have had their reservations talking about someone as new to the organization as Drummond, they wasted no time heaping praise onto him, Vogel especially.

“We’re thrilled,” Vogel said. “We’re all thrilled that Andre Drummond, a player of his caliber, joined our team. He’s one of the best centers in the league, someone that every defensive coordinator is going to have to account for and figure out how to handle him while they’re trying slow down AD, LeBron and our guards.

“I think he’s going to give us a big lift in the immediate future and when we get going. He’s just one of those guys that can dominate the game on both sides of the ball and his physicality something you have to account for.”

Vogel specifically highlighted Drummond’s ability to catch lobs and crash the offensive glass, two areas that the Lakers could use help in even when LeBron James and Anthony Davis return. Kyle Kuzma has done a good job of crashing the glass this season, but he’s looking forward to seeing how much better they can be in that respect with Drummond and Davis on the floor as well.

“Me, [AD], Drummond and Bron battling for boards ... it’s gonna be tough,” Kuzma said. “It’s gonna be tough for other teams. If we can get him to buy in defensively and do what he does on the boards — keep it simple — I think it will bode well for us.”

It’s also going to be tough for Vogel to find playing time for all of them plus Montrezl Harrell, Marc Gasol and Markieff Morris, and that won’t get any easier when the postseason rolls around, but it’s a puzzle he’s looking forward to solving.

Vogel said he doesn’t know if Drummond will be available when the Lakers play the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday because he hasn’t played since Feb. 12, but he has two days to get acclimated before then, so it’s possible.

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