Andre Drummond was overtly sad after the Detroit Pistons traded him to the Cleveland Cavaliers again in February, however that seemingly had extra to do with the way in which his former staff dealt with the scenario than the rest. Now that Drummond has spent a couple of months as a member of the Cavs, he could also be having fun with himself sufficient to stay round for the lengthy haul.
Drummond introduced earlier this week that he’ll train his $28.75 million choice for the 2020-21 season, which was anticipated given all of the uncertainty surrounding sports activities in the intervening time. Nevertheless, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com experiences that Drummond and the Cavs have each proven curiosity in figuring out a long-term contract extension.
One potential complication might come up if the Cavaliers discover themselves in place to draft former Memphis star heart James Wiseman. As Fedor notes, Cleveland might choose having extra flexibility for the longer term somewhat than give Drummond a max contract extension in the event that they’re drafting his eventual alternative. Drummond and Wiseman additionally share the identical agent, which might doubtlessly make the scenario much more difficult.
Drummond continues to be simply 26, and the Cavs haven’t seen an entire lot of him. He appeared in simply eight video games for Cleveland earlier than the season was suspended, averaging 17.5 factors and 11.1 rebounds per sport. Drummond will be capable of signal an extension with the Cavs in October, however it could make extra sense for them to see how issues play out subsequent season.
Whereas the Cavs have simply 19 wins this season and gained 19 video games all of final 12 months, Drummond appeared extra bothered by the way in which the Pistons dealt with the commerce than he was about being despatched to a struggling franchise. Relying upon how the market shakes out with all of the monetary uncertainty surrounding sports activities leagues, Drummond might discover that he desires to stay in Cleveland greater than the Cavs need him to stay round.