RUMORS: Andre Drummond to Mavericks trade talks still ongoing
Is Andre Drummond on his way to the Dallas Mavericks? Nothing is set in stone but the rumor mill in Texas is definitely in full swing, at least according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer. According to O’Connor’s report, the Cleveland Cavaliers have definitely been in trade talks with the Mavericks front office in the hopes of getting a deal for the two-time All-Star as the trade deadline nears.
“The Cavaliers have had trade talks with the Mavericks involving Andre Drummond. Toronto (Raptors) also retains interest in Drummond, while the (Los Angeles) Lakers and (Brooklyn) Nets will be potential destinations if he gets bought out. Cleveland is seeking a second-round pick, or more if a long-term salary is included.”
Though the Raptors, as well as the Nets and the Lakers, are all still on the table if and when Drummond gets bought out by the Cavaliers, the Wine and Gold are hoping that it doesn’t go to that extent and they actually get good pieces in return for dealing the talented big man.
The Mavericks, apparently, are on the same page. They are in need of some rebounding and a solid presence in the paint, which Drummond can definitely provide. The Mavericks have a few pieces they can afford to ship out to the Cavaliers and it’s likely that the only way they get the reigning NBA rebound king is via trade rather than picking him up from the waiver wire when (or if) he gets bought out.
Andre Drummond, who hasn’t played since February 13, is averaging impressive numbers of 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks this season.