The Cleveland Cavaliers made the most shocking move of the summer when they traded for Detroit’s Andre Drummond. But is he a permanent piece of the puzzle or just a means to an end?
According to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, Cleveland could trade both Andre Drummond and Kevin Love ahead of the 2020-21 season.
“A divorce from Love seems inevitable, although Cleveland won’t trade its best player just for the sake of it. There has to be some value coming back. His contract will be down to three remaining years and $91.5 million, but that’s still a tough pill for most teams to swallow, despite his production. After trading for Drummond at the deadline, there’s also a chance Cleveland looks to move the two-time All-Star and three-time rebounding champ already this offseason.
After trading for Drummond at the deadline, there’s also a chance Cleveland looks to move the two-time All-Star and three-time rebounding champ already this offseason.”
According to one NBA executive, it’s only a matter of time until Cleveland blows it up.
“I don’t think [Drummond and the Cavs] will last long,” one former NBA general manager told Bleacher Report after the deadline. “I could see them trading him to a team this summer if he agrees to pick up his option. They could also do a sign-and-trade if he agrees to a new long-term deal. I don’t think he’ll be in Cleveland for long.”
With the Cavs committed to a rebuild, they’ll likely push for a Love trade once again while listening to offers for Drummond.
Love and Drummond are two of the best bigs in the game. And while their current deals are extremely expensive, the Pistons are likely to be aggressive in the pursuit of a deal.
With Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Kevin Porter Jr., and Darius Garland, they have the pieces in place to start a full rebuild. By trading Love and Drummond, it’ll get them that much closer to finding their next franchise star.