Pistons’ Andre Drummond Headed to Cavaliers

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

Andre Drummond refused to commit to Detroit Pistons earlier this season and now he’s out of town. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojanrowski, Drummond, who is an unrestricted free agent in the summer, was traded to Cleveland Cavaliers.

Pistons were exploring trade talks centered around Drummond for some time now before settling on the Cavs’ offer. Reportedly, Cleveland sent center John Henson, guard Brandon Knight and a 2023’s second-round draft pick.

Earlier in the year, Detroit was discussing trade possibilities for Andre Drummond with Atlanta Hawks, but Hawks decided to do a deal with Houston Rockets for Clint Capela instead. In the past several weeks, it seemed like Andre Drummond might even stay put, as the player himself expressed hope he will not be moved.

“I love being here. I would love to play here the rest of my career,” said Drummond in a recent chat with reporters.

Still, Pistons obviously felt that the league’s leading rebounder is as good as gone in the offseason, and accelerated his exit so they could get something in return.

Drummond has been playing rather good for injury-depleted Pistons this season, averaging a career-high 17.8 points to go with 15.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game.