Cavs Won’t Play Andre Drummond Due to Trade Plans

Andre Drummond at Kenny 'The Jet' Smith's annual All-Star Bash, in 2018
Andre Drummond at Kenny 'The Jet' Smith's annual All-Star Bash, in 2018. Photo by Rob Latour/Variety/Shutterstock

Andre Drummond’s time on the court with the Cleveland Cavaliers has come to an end. According to ESPN, the Cavs are looking to move Drummond before the league’s trade deadline and won’t play him anymore.

Reportedly, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman had discussions with Drummond’s agent Jeff Schwartz and the player in recent days, and all parties have come to a conclusion that parting ways is the best option moving forward. The All-Star center is expected to stay with the team until a deal is made but won’t be active for games.

The Cavs decided to continue with Jarrett Allen as their franchise center, and this move would likely limit Drummond’s minutes on the floor. The 27-year-old veteran is also on an expiring contract, giving Cleveland another reason to try and execute a trade.

The team’s head coach J.B. Bickerstaff confirmed the news to reporters on Monday.

“Sometimes you’re forced into difficult positions that’s not easy to navigate, but in respect to Dre and all that he’s done and accomplished and as much as he’s helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing to do for him,” said Bickerstaff.

According to reports, the market for Andre Drummond is currently slim, with no team expressing serious interest for the former No. 9 pick. This is likely because of Drummond’s big salary, as he is due $28.7 million this season.

The Cavs and Drummond’s representatives haven’t talked about a potential contract buyout as of now, but that could become an option if the player is not traded by the deadline.

Drummond has been productive for the Cavs this season, averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. He also has 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks.