The Lakers said that Andre Drummond would be day-to-day after being forced to leave his debut for the team with a right big toe contusion. In the first update we’ve gotten on the situation, Dave McMenamin and Adrian Wojnarowski are reporting that Drummond will likely miss more time with the injury, but also that the team is hopeful that he won’t be out of the lineup for an extended period, even if he’s going to miss at least one game:
The Lakers say Drummond did not make the trip to Sacramento and will miss the Kings game. https://t.co/yow048nL5b— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 2, 2021
Overall, this is still good news for the Lakers, but does present an interesting dilemma in the interim. Montrezl Harrell has said he prefers to come off of the bench, so will the Lakers go back to Marc Gasol as their starter for however long Drummond is out, even after he was on track for a DNP-CD in Drummond’s first game until he got hurt?
Given that they don’t have a lot of center depth without Drummond and the already injured Anthony Davis, they probably won’t have a real choice in the matter. And given that head coach Frank Vogel threw Gasol in against the Bucks on Wednesday, there is no reason to believe he’d have any qualms starting him again if Drummond misses time, but it does make for a weird dynamic in the interim. Especially since Gasol doesn’t exactly seem to be thrilled by his demotion, judging by the fact that he has declined to speak to the media all three times he’s been asked since Drummond was signed.
The Lakers and Kings tip off on Friday at 7 p.m., and the game will be televised locally on Spectrum SportsNet.