Prior to the shutdown, the Detroit Pistons were looking for trade partners for big man Andre Drummond. They ended up sending him to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a second-round pick in 2023. This offseason, Drummond could be on the move once again.
Drummond signed a five-year, $125 million deal with the Pistons in 2016. This made him the highest-paid player in franchise history. Heading into the 2020-21 season, he has a player option worth $28 million and he will undoubtedly opt-in. This could force the hand of the Cavaliers and they might send him somewhere else.
Drummond has been one of the league’s best big men since he entered the league. He is an elite rebounder on both ends and can protect the rim. To add further intrigue, he has started to expand his game to the three-point line.
The former ninth overall pick in 2012 has plenty left in the tank and can contribute right away for a new team. He hasn’t had an opportunity to play for a high-level team before in his NBA team— making the Celtics an intriguing situation.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could look to deal away Andre Drummond when he opts-in for the final year of his contract. If that occurs, here are three dark-horse teams that could be after Drummond.