Cleveland Cavaliers looking to trade Andre Drummond before deadline
Andre Drummond’s playing days with the Cleveland Cavaliers look to be over. The Cavaliers will no longer
play the former All-Star center as they look to trade him before the league’s trade
deadline on March 25, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
On the season, Drummond has started 25 games for Cleveland and is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds,
2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.3 blocks per performance.
The Cavaliers acquired center Jarrett Allen earlier this season in a mega three-team deal that sent James Harden
in Brooklyn, and the team plans to make Allen its starting center moving forward, per Wojnarowski.
Thus, Drummond’s presence on the roster became superfluous. Drummond, who has started the vast
majority of games
he’s played in over the course of his career, likely wouldn’t want to be a backup, and the rebuilding Cavs
could potentially recoup some value for him. Thus, a trade makes sense for both sides.
Until a deal is made, Drummond will remain with the team, but stay inactive as he was during the Cavaliers’
loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. Several teams are interested in Drummond’s services,
per Wojnarowski. ”
Whichever direction this goes, Andre is 27, in his prime, and I believe strongly that he has a great
deal to add to a team-building toward a postseason run,” Drummond’s agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports,
said in a statement. One team that is showing interest in Drummond already is the Toronto Raptors.
Both sides have been actively engaged in trade talks involving the veteran center, according to Shams
Charania of The Athletic.