While all eyes are on the Celtics pursuit of Aaron Gordon ahead of the NBA trade deadline, the team may also be turning an eye to the buyout market.
Appearing on ESPN’s NBA trade deadline special Wednesday afternoon, insider Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the Celtics as a “team to watch” when it comes to Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond. Drummond is in the final year of his deal, and is expected to be bought out if the team can’t move him by Thursday’s 3:00 p.m. deadline.
It was reported last week that the Celtics’ current starting center, Tristan Thompson, could be moved at the deadline. A potential Thompson deal could be behind Boston’s interest in Drummond. The team also has Daniel Theis and Robert Williams as big men playing regular minutes, although Drummond would add significant size at 6-foot-11, 280 pounds.
So far this season, Drummond has averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game for Cleveland. The 27-year-old hasn’t played since February 12, with the Cavs electing to sit him during trade negotiations.
In addition to the Celtics, Woj mentioned the Dallas Mavericks as another ‘team to watch,’ and said the Lakers, Clippers, and Nets all have ‘great interest’ in Drummond, assuming he’s bought out.
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