It appears that Drummond’s future now lies away from Cleveland as he is expected to pick up his player option for the 2020-21 season in order to facilitate a trade, according to a new report.
Per sources, expect Cavs big man Andre Drummond to pick up his player option by Thursday for the team to then move him via trade.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) November 15, 2020
Drummond only played in eight games with the Cavaliers after being acquired from the Detroit Pistons back in February. In those eight games, the 27-year-old averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game.
His player option for next season is worth $28.7 million.
To acquire Drummond, the Cavaliers sent Brandon Knight, John Henson and a 2023 second-round pick to the Pistons.
Should Drummond pick up his option, he would then be on an expiring contract, which is always a valuable asset in the NBA.
It will be interesting to see if his expiring contract would enable the Cavaliers to receive a more valuable package than the one they parted ways with to acquire the two-time NBA All-Star.