Andre Drummond breaks silence on NBA hiatus amid coronavirus
Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond succinctly expressed his feelings about the NBA’s hiatus due to coronavirus. Drummond posted a picture of himself alongside a caption that we can all relate to in these trying times without basketball: “I miss it”.
Midway through his 8th season, the two-time All-Star was dealt from the Detroit Pistons to the Cavs prior to the trade deadline. Drummond only suited up for his new team eight times before the league went on hold. In the small sample size, his scoring was up since arriving in Cleveland (17.5 points per game), while his rebound numbers decreased from 13.9 per game in Detroit this season to 11.1 with the Cavs.
Drummond thought the trade was a joke when it happened, but quickly convey enthusiasm about the potential of Cleveland’s roster—particularly young guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Whenever the offseason does come, the (still-somehow-just) 26-year old Drummond will have to decide whether to pick up his $28.7 million option for 2020-21 and stick around Cleveland at least through the start of next season, or seek a max contract in free agency. Drummond recently refused to commit to Cleveland long-term.
At the time of suspended play, the Cavs (19-46) are seated at the bottom of the East. The front office will likely try to deal an unhappy Kevin Love at some point, though—based on Detroit’s return package for Drummond (contract Brandon Knight and a second-round pick)—it’s hard to see Cleveland fetching much of a return for Love.