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76ers signing Andre Drummond

76ers star Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 3: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons look on during the game on November 3, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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76ers star Joel Embiid on Andre Drummond:

He can’t shoot.”

He doesn’t play any defense.”

I feel like I own a lot of real estate in his head.”

He’s a fun matchup. I feel like I dominate every game, especially against him.”

Embiid’s new backup center in Philadelphia? Drummond.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Kyle Neubeck of The Philly Voice:

Drummond will replace Dwight Howard, who’s signing with the Lakers. The 76ers cratered when Embiid sat in the playoffs, and this isn’t necessarily an upgrade.

Drummond’s defensive attentiveness comes and goes. His offensive ambition too often outpaces his ability. The 27-year-old’s finishing has declined with his athleticism.

But he’s an excellent rebounder. When active, he can make plenty of positive plays inside on both ends of the floor. A minimum salary is such a small outlay.

One complication: If Philadelphia doesn’t trade Ben Simmons, having Embiid and Drummond as the two main centers will make it difficult to play any lineups with good spacing around Simmons.

At least the 76ers will retain some outside shooting with Furkan Korkmaz, though they’re waiving George Hill.


Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Just $1,275,491 of Hill’s $10,047,297 salary is guaranteed. Waiving him will help avoid luxury tax. But Philadelphia probably won’t use his roster slot on a better player. Saving money likely hurts the team on the court.

The 24-year-old Korkmaz is a 3-point specialist who could improve his aggressiveness. That’s a reasonable price in a league where wings and shooters come at a premium.