This Cavs-Mavs trade features Andre Drummond to Dallas

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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 the youth movement in Cleveland, Drummond may not be in the future plans of the organization.

This offseason, Drummond opted into his $28.75M player option for the 2020-21 NBA 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.

So far this year, Andre Drummond has been really productive and has proven once again that he is one of the best rebounding centers in the NBA. He is currently averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and is shooting 47.4% from the floor in 25 games. His shooting numbers are below average for centers that do not shoot threes, but overall, Drummond has been very consistent this year and is exactly the kind of player the Dallas Mavericks could use to make a deep playoff push. 

Yeah that’s right, Luka Doncic and the Mavericks could be gearing up to make a big move near the trade deadline to make a push near the end of the season. With Doncic playing like a legit MVP candidate this season and Kristaps Porzingis finally looking like he is 100% healthy again, this team has a lot of potential, but still is missing that one extra high-level talent to be able to contend with the best of the best. 

Could Dallas actually pull off a trade to acquire the 2x All-Star big man and pair him with Luka and Porzingis? Could the Mavericks actually become legit threats in the Western Conference? Let’s take a look at how the Mavs could possibly get this deal done. 

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