The Cleveland Cavaliers remain intent on finding a trade suitor for Andre Drummond ahead of the NBA trade deadline. However, his large contract makes it a challenge for contenders like the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers to complete a deal.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers and Nets are believed to be the top suitors for Andre Drummond in the event he were to reach an agreement with the Cavaliers for a contract buyout.
“The Lakers and Nets are believed to be Drummond’s top suitors should he receive a contract buyout after the trade deadline, but the Cavaliers are steadfast about finding a trade for the center.”
The Lakers currently are dealing with a potentially elongated timetable for return for Anthony Davis and could use another interior option in the frontcourt. Marc Gasol has struggled to get the job done as of late — making the idea of signing Drummond all the more intriguing.
Brooklyn included Jarrett Allen in the four-team blockbuster trade for James Harden earlier in the season and it has left a need at the center position ever since. DeAndre Jordan still can contribute at a decent level and Blake Griffin can fill a small ball role, but Drummond could help.
It remains to be seen what Andre Drummond will choose to prioritize in his decision for a potential landing spot if he were to reach a buyout agreement. He may not find a starting role on a high-level team mid-season given the makeup of many of the rosters of top teams.
There are still concerns about the actual substance that comes with Andre Drummond’s box score impact. He has been quite inefficient of an offensive player due to his insistance on being a post-up threat and creator within the half-court as opposed to being more of a play finisher.