Pistons news: Andre Drummond could make between $20 million and $25 million annually on next contract
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Andre Drummond could make between $20-25 million annually on next contract

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Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has a player option worth $28.8 million for the 2020-21 campaign. If he declines, the All-Star big man would become an unrestricted free agent after this season ends.

Drummond is likely going to look for a max contract on the open market, but he might not get it, according to James L. Edwards III of The Athletic:

There is a scenario in which Detroit could trade its franchise center this season. Again, it’ll depend on where the Pistons are in the playoff race by the time the deadline inches closer. There also is a scenario in which the Pistons could let him walk in free agency. And, of course, depending on if the Pistons can turn it around, he could return next year on a new contract. One source said Drummond likely will sign a new contract that averages somewhere between $20 million and $25 million annually, not the max.

Drummond is averaging 17.7 points, 16.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 blocks per game this season for the Pistons, who are 10-15. Andre is shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 63.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Pistons are in 10th place in the Eastern Conference standings. If they don’t turn things around before the February trade deadline, Detroit could look to trade Drummond and Blake Griffin.