Andre Drummond is joining the Los Angeles Lakers for the playoff push.
The Lakers announced the signing of the two-time All-Star centre less than an hour before beating the Orlando Magic 96-93.
Drummond announced his decision with a post on his Instagram account earlier in the day, writing "Back to work" underneath an illustration of himself in a Lakers uniform.
Drummond agreed to a buyout Friday from the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired the four-time NBA rebounding champion last year after nearly eight seasons in Detroit.
He had to clear waivers before he could join a team of his choosing, and Drummond chose to link up with LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the defending NBA champions.
"We're all thrilled. He's one of the best centres in the league and someone every defensive coordinator is going to have to account for while trying to slow down LeBron, AD and our guards when we get going," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.
Vogel said he wasn't sure if Drummond would be available for the Lakers' next game, which is on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Drummond is almost certain to get his first significant NBA post-season playing time with the Lakers after appearing in only eight playoff games - and losing all eight - in two postseason trips with the Pistons.
Dennis Schroder scored 24 points, Kyle Kuzma added 21 as the Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Magic.
Montrezl Harrell added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, who have won two in a row without James and Davis.
However, the Lakers had a tough time trying to shake the Eastern Conference's second-worst team.
In other games, the Denver Nuggets beat the Atlanta Hawks 126-102 and the Phoenix Suns won on the road against the Charlotte Hornets, 101-97.
The Portland Trail Blazers got the better of the Toronto Raptors in the third term before winning 122-117.