The NBA offseason will feature contract talks between many players and teams— including Andre Drummond and the Cleveland Cavaliers. For some teams, disconnect in those talks can create an opportunity and in this case, that could benefit the Boston Celtics.
According to Evan Dammarell of Forbes.com, the contract talks between Drummond and the Cavaliers have ‘become even more uncomfortable this offseason’ and that’s troubling when considering it ‘already has been uncomfortable at times.’
“With all this in mind, the Drummond situation in Cleveland is only going to become even more uncomfortable this offseason. It already has been uncomfortable at times, according to league sources,” he wrote.
There already are a few teams to watch for a trade involving Drummond, as Dammarell noted. He mentioned the Celtics as ‘monitoring the situation’ between Drummond and the Cavaliers while including the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers as logical trade destinations, too.
“But, if things don’t get better it becomes even easier to flip Drummond and his mammoth expiring contract to another team to recoup assets to assist in their rebuild,” Dammarell wrote. “Teams like the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Clippers all make sense as trade destinations for Drummond and according to sources, the Celtics are monitoring the situation.”
It makes plenty of sense for the Celtics to consider making a trade for Drummond. He would supercharge the team’s ability to make an impact on the boards and would bring a needed size in the middle.
The main concern from the Celtics’ perspective with the idea of pulling off a Drummond trade likely would be floor spacing. He has been a frequent post-up threat throughout his career and Boston doesn’t need him doing a lot of that. He also isn’t much of a jump-shooting threat either.
For the Cavaliers, paying big money to Andre Drummond shouldn’t be on the priority list. Cleveland gave up minimal trade compensation to acquire him from the Detroit Pistons and shouldn’t feel obligated to make a significant financial commitment in a contract extension.
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