Andre Drummond is a player who a lot of teams seem to have given up on but is still a heck of a big man. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a 2023 second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons to acquire the former two-time NBA All-Star center, but with all of the young talent in Cleveland, especially in the frontcourt, Drummond may not be in the future plans of the organization.
This past offseason, Drummond opted into his $28.75M player option for the 2020-21 season as he is now set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Andre Drummond’s contract this season takes up over 25% of a team’s total salary cap and if any team was to acquire him, they would likely move into the tax threshold for the 2020-21 season and have to pay more luxury taxes.
After just acquiring Jarrett Allen and Taurean Prince in the multi-team deal that sent James Harden to Brooklyn, the Cleveland Cavaliers now have an abundance of players in their frontcourt, making both Andre Drummond and Kevin Love two prime trade targets for other teams.
While Drummond has been given up on by some teams around the league, he is still a dominant big man that is just 27-years old! Over the course of his career, Andre Drummond has averaged 13.8 rebounds/game and since 2015, has led the league in rebounds per game in four different seasons.
Given the Toronto Raptors problems at the center position with both Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol gone, they could be a team that looks to make a big move near the NBA trade deadline. Could Andre Drummond be a realistic trade target for them to get them right back in the mix in the Eastern Conference?
Let’s take a look at what a trade between the Cavaliers and the Raptors would look like involving the former 2x All-Star center.