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Andre Drummond 2021 Reports. agrees to contract buyout with Cavs

Andre Drummond Andre Drummond with contract Reports: to agrees buyout Cavs

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 01:00:00 -0700

The two-time All-Star center has not played in an NBA game since Feb

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Tom Withers | The Associated Press

Andre Drummond has reportedly agreed to a buyout of his contract with the Cavs.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond is set to enter open market, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Chris Fedor of The Plain Dealer, as he and the Cavs have agreed to a buyout of his deal.

#Cavs have reached an agreement on a buyout with Andre Drummond, sources tell @clevelanddotcom

— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) March 26, 2021

Andre Drummond has agreed to a contract buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become a free agent, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 26, 2021

The NBA trading deadline came and went on Thursday without Drummond getting dealt.

Unable to find a trade partner Thursday for the benched center, the Cavaliers were then trying to structure a contract buyout for the two-time All-Star, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Drummond hasn’t played since Feb.

12 and could wind up on a contending team after being pushed aside in Cleveland.

The sides can agree to any financial figure for the buyout, and Drummond will likely get a prorated portion of the $28.7 million he’s due this season.

The buyout will conclude an awkward situation for Drummond and the Cavs, who took him out of the lineup so they could give Jarrett Allen more playing time after acquiring the young center from Brooklyn in January.

Chris Haynes discusses the looming buyout market now that the trade deadline has passed.

Although he wasn’t playing, Drummond remained engaged with his teammates.

Cavs coach J.B.

Bickerstaff lauded the way Drummond handled things.

“It’s good for both of us to be honest with you.

It’s good for the organization.

It’s good for Dre, too,” Bickerstaff said on a Zoom call from Los Angeles.

“I couldn’t say enough good things about how he’s handled all this because it wasn’t easy.

He’s a competitor.

He wants to play.

He loves his teammates.

His teammates love him.

“And he could have been a jerk and had an attitude and not been good with his teammates and said negative things.

But he never did.

He handled it professionally.

But more so, Dre’s a great dude.

He can never stoop to that level and that’s one of the things that we need to make sure that we focus on and remember, how gracefully he handled an extremely difficult situation.”

The Cavs were expected to be busy Thursday but only made one deal, sending veteran center JaVale McGeee to the Denver Nuggets for 22-year-old center Isaiah Hartenstein and two future second-round draft picks.

Andre Drummond had a 28-point game against the Bucks back on Feb.

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Cleveland reportedly shopped forwards Cedi Osman and Taurean Prince but only made the deal involving McGee, who was kept out of Wednesday’s win at Chicago as trade talks began to heat up.

McGee was invaluable for the Cavs, providing quality minutes and serving as mentor to their young players.

But while the three-time NBA champion will be missed in Cleveland, he’s joining a Denver team with a legitimate shot at dethroning the Los Angeles Lakers out West.

Bickerstaff said losing McGee is a blow.

“He’s the consummate pro and not just with the stuff he does on the court,” he said.

“The way he embraced the fan base.

The way he embraced his teammates.

For a guy coming from championship runs to our situation, it was unique that he was able to take that type of role and we appreciate it for sure.”

The Cavs have had an uneven season.

They’re 17-27, but only 2.5 games behind the Bulls for the 10th spot in the Eastern Conference and the final play-in spot.

Cleveland continues its road trip at the Lakers on Friday night.

Drummond, who has not spoken to the media since early February, can now leave Cleveland with a buyout and join a contender.

He’s been linked to several teams, including the champion Lakers, who could be in the market for some help with LeBron James and Anthony Davis currently sidelined with injuries.

Bickerstaff is excited for Drummond, who came to the Cavs last season after eight seasons with the Detroit Pistons.

“There’s no reason not to root for him,” Bickerstaff said.

“He deserves it as a person.

He deserves all the success he has that is coming his way.

He puts the time in.

He works his tail off.

“Early in the season when we got to 10 wins, we wouldn’t have had those 10 wins without him.

We were ranked at the top of the league defensively.

We wouldn’t have been ranked if it wasn’t for him.

I got nothing but great things to say about my experience with Dre and I wish him the best moving forward.”

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021 01:00:00 -0700

The eight-vet is expected to finalize a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers

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The eight-vet is expected to finalize a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

With Andre Drummond expected to reach a buyout agreement with the Cavaliers after Cleveland could not find a trade partner before the deadline, he will have several choices and roles to choose from when he hits free agency.

Yahoo Sports’ and The NBA on TNT’s Chris Haynes is reporting that the eight-year big man will take meetings with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Boston Celtics.

“These two guys can likely change the landscape of the league.” @ChrisBHaynes reports on the teams LaMarcus Aldridge and Andre Drummond will meet with as free agents pic.twitter.com/NoqNALGdje

Drummond’s fit in Boston is curious.

In the Brad Stevens era, the Celtics have often played a five-out style on offense.

Drummond, however, is a ground-and-pound old school center that does most of his damage in the paint.

In twenty-five games this season, the two-time All-Star averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds over 28.9 minutes per game.

Former CelticsBlogger Kevin O’Connor has also linked Drummond to Boston and current CelticsBlogger Keith Smith notes that the Celtics will not waive either of their newly acquired centers—Mo Wagner from the Wizards or Luke Kornet from the Bulls–until they’ve secured a new contract with a buyout candidate or another free agent.

Haynes also reported that ex-Spur LaMarcus Aldridge will also be fielding calls with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Brooklyn Nets.

Previously, the Celtics had been linked to the 35-year-old, but based on his potential choices, Aldridge appears to be ring shopping in the twilight of his career.

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– March 26, 2021

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