• Andre Drummond could be part of the Los Angeles Lakers' long-term plans 
  • Drummond could agree to a smaller salary after the current season
  • Drummond's commitment to the Lakers may depend on their finish this season

Andre Drummond has been struggling in the NBA playoffs, and now some are questioning if it would be wise for the Los Angeles Lakers to keep him beyond this season.

This is assuming that management has plans to tweak their financials, most aware that the Lakers are cash-strapped because of the investments that they made on LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Most consider Drummond as a rental and likely someone who will explore NBA free agency. However, that does not appear to be the case if the recent take of Dave McMenamin on The Lowe Podcast is to be considered.

According to McMenamin, the decision to start Drummond is a sign that the Lakers are planning to integrate him into their plans.

The move is also important to the 6-foot-10 center since it makes Drummond feel vital in their system.

In a way, it does make sense, but the fact remains Drummond needs to prove his worth.

In the playoffs, Drummond has hardly been his dominant self. The 27-year-old has averaged only 9.5 points and 10.5 rebounds.

Compared to his season averages of 14.9 points, 12 rebounds, and two assists, these are poor numbers.

With James hurting and Davis injured once more, it may be the perfect time for Drummond to prove his worth.

Most are aware that one reason why he joined the Lakers is to win his first NBA title, possibly more if he does go on to stay in Los Angeles.

 Andre Drummond #3 celebrates with JaVale McGee #6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond #3 celebrates with JaVale McGee #6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Jason Miller

To keep Drummond would be done only if the financials are addressed. That could include adjustments that other players must be willing to take.

But even if other players do agree, it will take a lot of pencil-pushing for team general manager Rob Pelinka to get it done.

Drummond agreed to be paid $794, 536 for the rest of the season after agreeing to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth $28.75 million.