The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as a strong front-runner to sign free-agent center Andre Drummond, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

Drummond, 27, will clear waivers on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET and then be able to sign a free-agent deal. He became a free agent Friday after reaching a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Drummond, who hasn’t played since mid-February, began negotiating terms of the buyout with the Cavs on Thursday after the club didn’t trade him before the deadline.

One of the NBA’s top rebounders and a proven scorer, Drummond was under contract for $28.7 million this season. He averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 games before the Cavs decided to give Jarrett Allen the bulk of playing time.

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