The Detroit Pistons have not stopped making moves with the acquisition of Avery Bradley and moving on from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but will field calls on big man Andre Drummond, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
President and head coach Stan Van Gundy was audibly discouraged by Drummond’s regression after an All-Star-caliber season in 2015-16.
The 6-foot-11 center saw dips in his scoring, rebounding, and blocks per game while only making slight progress in his free-throw percentage from 35.5 percent to a 38.6 percent clip — mostly due to his reluctance of getting to the line, making 2.8 less trips to the line than the prior season.
Most of the eyes will zero-in on Drummond, point guard Reggie Jackson, and young guard/forward Stanley Johnson, per Bontemps.
Pistons owner Tom Gores is a known fan of Drummond, but so was he of Caldwell-Pope — which didn’t prove an impediment to the multi-titled Van Gundy to pull the trigger on a trade.
The Connecticut standout is expected to bounce back to where he was two years ago, but his ceiling will always be capped by his woeful free-throw shooting and his lack of range around the perimeter — unless he has worked to improve those skills during the offseason.
Being a one-dimensional offensive player and a defender in the decline definitely lowers his trade value and what the Pistons can get back for his services.
While Detroit will listen to incoming offers, chances are the organization will be better off waiting for Drummond to regain his All-Star form to pull the trigger on a deal if they indeed hope to eventually part ways with the 23-year-old big dipper.