According to Andre Drummond, everyone should feel entitled to a max contract — including himself. Here is what he said to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond: ‘No player should feel like they’re not a max player’ Isn’t that normal, to go for full value while pursuing a career?
Andre Drummond considers himself worthy of a max contract.
“That’s the way anybody would see themselves,” he said Tuesday, one day after Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores said the franchise is “dedicated” to the 2012 first-round pick.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a basketball player. With the work you put in, you should be rewarded for it — no matter who you are. If it’s me or even a rookie. Everybody feels like they should make a maximum amount of dollars.”
The center’s contract situation is the most pressing issue facing the Pistons.
Andre Drummond is preparing to enter the final season of his contract with the Pistons. He has indicated he plans to decline a $28.75 million player option for the 2020-21 season, and if the two sides can’t reach an agreement on an extension, he becomes one of the top free agents available next summer.
After Oct. 21, he can opt-out and be eligible to sign an extension until June 30. Clearly, he intends to test the waters of free agency if he gets anything under the max.
He averaged 17.3 points, 15.6 points, and 1.7 blocks per game last season. You can make your own judgment, but Dre undoubtedly feels he deserves to get the bag.