Detroit fears Andre Drummond could pick up $28.8 million option
The Detroit Pistons, once confident in their ability to trade Andre Drummond, have gotten nothing but crickets in the last few days, as interest in their star center has certainly cooled. As they approach the Feb. 6 trade deadline, there’s now a “growing feeling” that the 6-foot-10 center could opt into his $28.8 million salary next season, according to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Drummond was reportedly ready to opt out of the last year of his deal with the Pistons, but being on the trade block has allowed him and his agent to get a feel for his market value.
The Atlanta Hawks were one of the first suitors for his services, but they soon backed out after finding out Drummond’s financial demands for the summer.
Others have been reluctant to give out assets for a player that intends to opt-out regardless — but that scope certainly changes if Drummond decides to stay, considering that it would make it all that much tougher for Detroit to kickstart a rebuild with Drummond and Blake Griffin on the books.
To make matters worse, executives have been concerned about his passion for the game, per Mannix — quite the unnerving revelation, considering the Pistons are trying to move him at all costs.
Detroit has also floated other players like Luke Kennard, Svi Mykhailiuk, Christian Wood, and Derrick Rose. The latter is the one getting the most attention from contenders in dire need of a point guard.
Drummond’s potential exit isn’t looking any better and it seems the Pistons might have overplayed their hand of confidence early on, considering the league’s leading rebounder could still be in Motown after the first week of February.