Let the Andre Drummond giveaway begin.
On Friday, the Cavaliers announced that they had reached a purchase agreement with Drummond, making him a free agent.
OFFICIAL: Cavs reach a purchase agreement with @AndreDrummond.
DETAILS: https://t.co/9PfcdCjXor pic.twitter.com/rsL7ESWe8x
– Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 26, 2021
For weeks, Drummond has been linked to the Lakers as his likely landing spot once he was bought. However, that has changed in the last few days when the Knicks were first mentioned, and in the last 24 hours the Celtics have been going strong. Boston has even met with Drummond already, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on the web Friday (via Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith).
Per Woj on ESPN: “The Celtics met Andre Drummond today. Boston would like to add him to fill their gap in the middle. Boston has a real shot at catching him.”
– Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) March 26, 2021
Where Drummond plays next comes down to what he prioritizes.
The Lakers and LeBron James offer the opportunity for a ring and the opportunity to boost their actions heading into offseason free agency by showing that you can accept and thrive in a somewhat reduced role (that role will only be reduced further once Anthony Davis come back). Boston offers a bigger role – it traded center Daniel Theis at the deadline – in a team with good young talent, but not one that has looked like a contender yet this season. New York offers a lot of minutes and more money: The Knicks are almost $ 15 million under the salary cap and can sign Drummond to a longer-term contract tomorrow (something like four years, about $ 60 million).
In the next few days, we’ll see what Drummond thinks is important.