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Suns, Kings, Raptors expressed interest in acquiring Andre Drummond during NBA Draft

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In the last several months, Detroit Pistons former All-Star big man Andre Drummond has seen his name continually be tossed around in the rumor mill.

According to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated, it was revealed that a slew of teams expressed interest in acquiring Drummond prior to the 2017 NBA Draft last month.

Toronto called dangling Jonas Valanciunas before the deadline, and Sacramento and Phoenix also expressed strong interest in Drummond in June, per sources.

It had been previously reported that just the Sacramento Kings had shown interest in Drummond ahead of the draft last month with the 10th overall pick being discussed a possible asset moved in a potential deal.

The Toronto Raptors were in the market to move Jonas Valanciunas earlier this month, but have yet to hold any serious discussion with another team. Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns are in the midst of a rebuild and the acquisition of Drummond would likely mean the departure of veteran center Tyson Chandler.

Last summer, the 23-year-old had inked a lucrative long-term extension over five years for $127.1 million with the Pistons. He is also coming off another productive season where he averaged a double-double with 13.6 points and 13.8 rebounds along with 1.1 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. He also recorded 49 double-doubles, tied for eighth-most in the league.

What all this chatter may signal more than anything else is that Drummond isn’t an untouchable asset for the Pistons moving forward.