Andre Drummond is officially on the open market.
The news is far from shocking.
A year after being sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a second-round draft pick ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline, the Cavaliers were ready to move on from Drummond. The team acquired Jarrett Allen from the Brooklyn Nets as a part of the James Harden deal and is trusting him as the team's starting center of the future.
That left Drummond as the odd man out.
Drummond has played well this year, averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in 25 outings. However, despite his productivity, the Cavaliers were just 9-16 in games that he played and chose to sit the 27-year-old until they could find a way to trade him.
Instead, they were forced to buy him out. So now, he's available on the free-agent market.
There should be a handful of teams interested in Drummond's skill set. He's a traditional big man, which is somewhat of a dying breed. Nonetheless, his low-post abilities on both ends of the floor should attract some buyers ahead of the trade deadline.
The Portland Trail Blazers could be one of them. They have had a lot of success using traditional bigs in recent years, including Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter, so folding Drummond into the roster wouldn't be difficult.
He would offer a more defensive-focused option to pair with Nurkic and Kanter in the frontcourt rotation and would give the team excellent depth.
But, chances are Drummond is looking for a more primary role with a team.
When news of his impending buyout began to swirl in February, betting odds list the Blazers as having the 7th best odds to land Drummond if traded, per PointsBet Sportsbook.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the two-time All-Star center will listen to pitches from the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets.
The Blazers are absent from that list.
It makes sense that the Trail Blazers would be considered a longer shot than the other teams in contention for Drummond's services.
Portland has one spot available on their roster and less than $3 million to spend without entering the luxury tax.
With Jusuf Nurkic returning to the lineup Friday vs. the Magic, there's just simply not enough room for Drummond on this roster. The Blazers have committed.
So, it doesn't seem like Drummond is likely to join the Blazers, and that's ok.
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