The New York Knicks have been affected by the injury virus in recent weeks. Starting center Mitchell Robinson broke his hand and will miss at least 4-6 weeks total. Taj Gibson, who was inserted into the rotation as a result, is now also injured with a sprained ankle. Now would be the time for the Knicks to trade for a center and Andre Drummond looms as a target.
Those injuries leave Nerlens Noel the only healthy center on the list. He has been wonderful replacing Robinson, as the team’s defense has not failed in his absence. Noel controls the paint well with his rebounds and shot blocks, as does Robinson.
However, now that Gibson joins Robinson on the sidelines, the Knicks’ hands may be strained when it comes to trading for a center. Tom Thibodeau has been hesitant to adjust his rotation and move Julius Randle or Obi Toppin to center point. If that continues, they will have to add another great man to the mix.
One player to watch out for is Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Drummond has not played since February 13, as he and the team agreed that he would stay away from the team until a resolution on his future as a player. Eventually a trade or purchase will occur, and it appears the Knicks are the pioneers in getting it in a trade, according to FortyEightMinutes.com’s Sam Amico.
“As for Drummond, there is no shortage of interest,” wrote Amico. “He has been linked to the New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers. And now the [Chicago] Bulls “.
“According to a league source, the Knicks are Drummond’s ‘favorites’.”
Cleveland is looking forward to things on the business front when it comes to Drummond, as they are in no rush to make a move. Given its strong market, waiting is a smart move, as a team could get anxious and increase their bid to acquire it.
The Cavaliers know they won’t get much more than one second-round pick for Drummond, and that should be the entire offer from the Knicks. Robinson and Gibson have no season-ending injuries and will eventually return. They need more of a temporary resource to match up with Noel, not someone looking for a full-time position to improve their value heading into free agency.
Andre Drummond features some monster stats and would give the Knicks the option to score at the low post they are missing. However, would you accept a part-time role in the second unit, splitting minutes with Noel, once Robinson returns?
That’s something the Knicks will have to look into. They have done a great job creating chemistry and continuity so far this season. Adding someone who may not fully agree would be a detriment that they cannot afford.