With Andre Drummond likely headed for a buyout, multiple teams around the league have expressed interest in adding the veteran big man to their roster.
Among them are the Miami Heat, who are being described as a “darkhorse candidate” in the sweepstakes.
Drummond supposedly would be just fine with landing with the New York Knicks. Other teams with supposedly interested include the Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. Along with those, the Cavs have already talked with the Toronto Raptors.
One league source also told FortyEightMinutes that the Miami Heat are a “definite darkhorse” in the Drummond sweepstakes. They have the salaries to make a deal work and would pursue Drummond in the event of a buyout, the source said.
Miami has gotten off to a slow start this season. They’re just 11-16, and 10th in the East.
Drummond, 27, is a traditional-style center that dominates the interior. As one of the NBA’s best rebounders, he can help grant second-chance opportunities to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. He’s also a decent shot blocker.
With a new “big three” in Miami, one has to think it would be enough to help steer the team back in the right direction. But we’ll have to wait and see what Pat Riley decides to do in the weeks leading up to the deadline.