According to a recent report, Andre Drummond is likely to opt into the final year of his contract in 2020-21 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Andre Drummond at the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline, which seems like decades ago, it was the easy play of snagging cheap talent. I don’t think anyone would argue with the move that the Cavs made. After all, the Detriot Pistons were practically begging teams to take Drummond off their hands.
All it took was Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a 2023 second-round pick to acquire Drummond, but compiling talent is what the Cavs should be doing. However, now Cleveland needs to decide what it’s actually going to do with Drummond.
A few quick questions that come to mind are: do they view him as potentially a part of their future? Do they want to extend his contract? Did they have the plan to eventually trade him when they traded for him?
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All legit questions. Interestingly, one piece of information that could help them find a path forward could be quietly be revealing itself. According to a recent report, it’s looking like Drummond could be leaning towards opting into the final year of his contract for the 2020-21 season.
According to multiple sources, Drummond picking up his option remains most likely.
At the very least, the Cavs will have Drummond for one more season. Even if they don’t know what to do with him yet, and that could very well be the case considering he only has played in eight games with Cleveland since the trade, they still have time to begin to piece a plan together.
Drummond doesn’t exactly fit with what the Cavs are trying to build and, quite frankly, might not even fit in the modern NBA. For a player that could be in line for a big payday this summer or next offseason, the Cavs need to be absolutely sold on an idea one way or another.
The good news is that it appears they’re going to get a bit more time to figure it all out.