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Andre Drummond opens up about what he’s bringing back to Sixers

Andre Drummond opens up about what he’s bringing back to Sixers

On the opening day of free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers hosted a major reunion.

Looking to add depth to the frontcourt behind Joel Embiid, the Sixers signed former Chicago Bulls big man Andre Drummond.

Since the Sixers were linked to Drummond last year, the reunion was a logical step.

Philly fills a need with a consistent and proven rebounder, while Drummond returns to a place he said felt like home,

“Now that I’m back, they know what to expect from me,” Drummond told reporters Tuesday. “You get a dog. You get exactly what you’re looking for. You get someone who’s going to bring that fight and that grit and that energy every night. I don’t back down from anybody and I’m here to light a fire under some people’s (insults).”

After an eight-year stint with the Detroit Pistons, Drummond was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He finished the 2019-20 season in Cleveland and began the following year as a full-time starter with the Cavs. After 25 games, Drummond and the Cavs agreed to a buyout.

The veteran big man finished the season with 21 games played in LA. When the season ended, he hit the free agency market and signed a one-year deal with the Sixers.

In Philadelphia, Drummond played in 49 games. When Joel Embiid was out of action, he started 12 times. Drummond averaged 18 minutes on the court and was productive on the rebound, averaging nine rebounds per game. Offensively, he produced six points and two assists per game, while making 54 percent of his shots.

While Drummond’s time with the Sixers was impactful, he was a key part of the team that landed James Harden. At the 2022 trade deadline, the veteran center was included in the Ben Simmons-James Harden blockbuster. Drummond finished the season with the Brooklyn Nets before signing with the Chicago Bulls for two seasons.

Drummond’s final season in Chicago mirrored his time with the Sixers. He averaged eight points and nine rebounds in 79 games. Drummond is ready to once again become the primary backup to seven-time All-Star big man Joel Embiid.