The recent shocking trade of ex-Pistons Andre Drummond to Cleveland Cavaliers has a new update to the story. Drummond has announced that he will “definitely” continue with Cleveland in the next season. After feeling betrayed by his former franchise, the famous center is looking to make a decision.
Drummond was drafted by the Detroit Pistons back in 2012 as the ninth overall pick. Since then, he has been loyal to the franchise. He led the rebounding charts of the league thrice until now and is a two-time NBA All-star.
This February, in a deal with the Pistons, the Cavaliers acquired Andre Drummond for Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a 2023 second-round pick. The 26-year-old was quite disappointed with his management for not showing an ounce of loyalty towards his player.
Post joining the Cavaliers, he has made appearances until the league got suspended due to the pandemic. For that short span in the Cavs jersey, Drummond averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.
Andre Drummond reveals that he is staying with the Cavaliers next season
Now, Drummond will be exercising his $28.7 million player option for 2020-21, as he mentioned on ESPN’s ‘Le Batard & Friends Network’ podcast. “Yeah, that’s going to be pretty hard to give up, so you can count on me being in Cleveland still,” he revealed. After constant questioning on him going with the deal, he admitted, “I definitely will be in Cleveland.”
This is the first time the former Pistons center has publicly made a statement relating to this after getting traded to Cavs. His exit from Detroit was a major shock to most of the NBA fans and raised questions on the franchise. It seemed like a long-term move for them, but unfair to their drafted player.
He joined the likes of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson out there. This season, the Cavaliers posted the worst record of 19-46 in the Eastern Conference standings. Moreover, they are one of those teams who haven’t made it to the upcoming 22-team season in Orlando. After Andre Drummond joining them, will they be able to recover part of their loss of losing LeBron James?