The Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to bench Andre Drummond until they find a trade suitor to acquire him. There will be no shortage of potential landing spots for the two-time NBA All-Star.
According to Sam Amico of fortyeightminutes.com, the Cavaliers and Raptors have engaged in talks for a potential Andre Drummond trade. Other teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Hornets are possibly in the mix, too.
“The Raptors and Cavaliers have engaged in trade talks for Andre Drummond but it’s far from a done deal. Cleveland is searching the market for the best deal, per our own Sam Amico, and other teams, such as the Hornets and Clippers are potentially in the mix.”
While most of the teams listed are contenders, things are still a bit unclear for the Hornets and Raptors. Drummond is averaging 17 points, 13 rebounds, and two assists per game this year. Make no mistake, Drummond can still bring a significant boost to the frontcourt of all of those teams listed, but what is the best fit for Drummond?
Even though the Celtics haven’t gotten off to the best start this season, they are in a good position to make a deep run in the playoffs. The trio of Daniel Theis, Robert Williams, and Tristan Thompson has been serviceable, but none of those three matches the ability of Andre Drummond on both ends of the floor. The Celtics rank 15th in the NBA in rebounds per game.
Similar to the Boston Celtics, the Raptors have also struggled early on. The departure of Marc Gasol to Los Angeles left the Raptors with a big hole at center. Aron Baynes is a solid role player, but adding in a player like Andre Drummond would completely change this team. Toronto is ranked 29th in the league in rebounds.
At the end of the day, Drummond could help a lot of teams, but whatever team gets him will have to give up assets to do so. Teams that are in win now mode make the most sense. I’m not sure the Clippers and Nets make much sense as both teams may not have many assets to give up.
The Hornets aren’t a bad fit, but do they really want to give up draft capital or players to land Drummond? It will be interesting to see where Drummond ends up and I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to find out.