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Andre Drummond sees Philadelphia 76ers as ‘great fit’ despite previous drama with Joel Embiid

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In the wake of Andre Drummond’s surprising decision to join the Philadelphia 76ers in free agency and become a backup to longtime rival Joel Embiid, the 27-year-old two-time All-Star said that “Things change,” but he’d accepted the opportunity placed before him. The fit alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis proved cumbersome, and Drummond was eventually left on the bench as a healthy scratch for what turned out to be the final game of the Lakers’ season, Game 6 of their Western Conference first-round series with the Phoenix Suns.

When asked why he didn’t re-sign with the Lakers, after they had indicated during the season they would want to bring him back beyond last season, Drummond said the moves the Lakers had made removed that as a possibility.

“You know, times are changing, and they made different trades and changes to their team to where it didn’t make sense for me to go back there, so I took the next-best thing after that, which was to come to Philly,” Drummond said.

“I think for me there was never any real beef,” Drummond said.

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