It seems like Detroit Pistons don’t believe they will manage to keep Andre Drummond in free agency. According to multiple reports, Pistons recently had discussions with Atlanta Hawks about a trade centered on Drummond.
Drummond has a $28 million player option for 2020/21, but it’s almost a certainty that he will reject it in order to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Given that the 26-year-old has made it clear he will explore his options, Pistons are most likely doing their homework in order to avoid losing him for nothing.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Hawks are not the only interested party and that Detroit is having discussions with other NBA teams as well. According to Wojnarowski, there is a belief around the league that Drummond will be traded before the NBA’s trade deadline on February 6th.
Andre Drummond has been one of Pistons’ main players this season as well, averaging 17.6 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. Despite this, Pistons have been struggling in the East, where they are 11th seed and 3.5 games out of the last playoff spot.
Drummond joined Pistons as a ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Since then, he made two All-Star appearances and has All-NBA Third Team selection from 2016. He led the league in rebounding in 2016, 2018, and 2019.