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Executives are fully expecting a contract buyout for the Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond, and then for center to end up with the NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers, via Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:

But contenders such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets (though Brooklyn’s interest seems to have waned since it signed Blake Griffin) have been bullish that Cleveland will fall short of finding a trade, leading to Drummond’s agreeing to a buyout and becoming an unrestricted free agent just like Griffin before him. At this juncture, you’d be hard-pressed to find an executive who doesn’t believe Drummond would join the Lakers in that scenario, as a starting role would likely be waiting for him,” Fischer wrote.

The 27-year-old is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.6 steals through 25 games for Cleveland this season.