By Alyssa Adams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — NBA Free Agency began Monday and the Sixers aren’t wasting any time. Free-agent center Andre Drummond has agreed to a one-year deal with the 76ers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Out of NOWHERE the Sixers have signed Andre Drummond to a one-year deal, according to @wojespn — god I love surprises,” CBS3’s Pat Gallen tweeted.

The Sixers needed another center to back up Joel Embiid after free-agent Dwight Howard signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Drummond is entering his 10th year in the NBA.

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Drummond averaged 14.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists during the 2021 season, where he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers before being traded to the Lakers.

The pairing of Embiid and Drummond could be interesting as the pair have not always gotten along. CBSSports’ Michael Kaskey-Blomain brought up a tweet from Joel Embiid in 2018 talking about owning real estate in Drummond’s head.

“I own a lot of real estate in @andredrummondd head and I’m on my way to build more #bum #TheProcess,” Embiid tweeted in 2018.

NBA Free Agency began on Monday at 6 p.m.

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