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Andre Drummond downplays past drama with new 76ers teammate Joel Embiid: ‘There was never any real beef’

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In one of the more surprising moves of free agency, big man Andre Drummond agreed to a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum to play for the Philadelphia 76ers, and more importantly, become teammates with Joel Embiid. Drummond, who is a two-time All-Star, and led the league in rebounds in four different seasons, has started in 91 percent of the games he’s played since he entered the league in 2012.

With Embiid the established starting center and now an MVP finalist, in all likelihood that means that Drummond would be coming off the bench for the first time since his rookie season in Detroit. “Whatever my role is, me coming off the bench in the prime of my career, it doesn’t really matter. I can still be effective coming off the bench and backing up Joel. I think it was a no-brainer. I’ve always wanted to play for Doc. When I got the chance to play for him, I took the chance.”

It’s a pretty good get for the Sixers, especially since Drummond will be making the veteran’s minimum, so if at the end of the day it doesn’t work out, they won’t be financially strapped to him long term.

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