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Report: Detroit trading Andre Drummond to Cleveland

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - NOVEMBER 20: Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons looks on in the first quarter against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on November 20, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

That clears out the needed roster spot to make this trade happen.


How much is Andre Drummond worth in today’s NBA? He is the best rebounding big man in the league, and a two-time All-Star who can score around the bucket (17.8 points per game this season). However, he’s not a very good rim protector, seems to have lost half-a-step, has a limited offensive game, does not stretch the floor, and what he does do well on offense the league is moving away from. Plus, he’s making $27.1 million this season and is expected to opt into $28.8 million next season.

Detroit wanted to trade him, believing the cap space they would get — even in a down free-agent summer — would have more value than Drummond on the court.

Cleveland had cap space next summer but thinks Drummond is more valuable — so they are trading for him. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news.

That’s right, the return is John Henson, Brandon Knight, and a second-round pick. That’s it.

The Pistons flat-out dumped Drummond. There’s no other way to put it.

It’s a minuscule return for an All-Star center, but that also speaks to exactly where the market is on Drummond — teams looked at his game, looked at that $28.8 million next season, and said no thanks. That includes the Pistons, who valued cap space more, plus Detroit gets below the tax line with this move.

Cleveland’s starting frontcourt of Drummond and Kevin Love makes $56 million this year and $60 million next season. They value the players over the cap space. That’s the Cavs’ bet.

I also don’t see this as a natural fit with the slashing game of Collin Sexton at the point. It’s an odd development path in Cleveland.