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Pistons center Andre Drummond claims ‘no player should feel like they’re not a max player’

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond believes “no player should feel like they’re not a max player” in the NBA.

Drummond, who will make $27.1 million this season, has a player option worth $28.8 million for the 2020-21 campaign. All signs point toward the Pistons big man declining that player option so he can make more money on the open market and look for a max contract.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a basketball player. With the work you put in, you should be rewarded for it – no matter who you are. If it’s me or even a rookie. Everybody feels like they should make a maximum amount of dollars,” Drummond said, via Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.

“No player should feel like they’re not a max player. Every player should feel like they’re worth that sum of money because of the hard work you put in each and every day.”

Last season, Andre Drummond averaged 17.3 points and 15.6 rebounds for the Pistons while shooting 53.3 percent from the field. He recorded 69 double-doubles and helped Detroit make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Drummond has career averages of 14.1 points and 13.7 rebounds in 542 games. For the Pistons to win a playoff series this upcoming season, they need Drummond, Blake Griffin, Reggie Jackson and Derrick Rose to play at a high level.

If the Pistons don’t offer Drummond a max contract, some team likely will.