June 15, 2021

Detroit Pistons Aiming For Clean Slate After Trading Andre Drummond To Cleveland Cavaliers

The Andre Drummond saga has come to an end with the Detroit Pistons. On Thursday afternoon, about half an hour before the trade deadline, Drummond was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to break the news on Twitter:

The return won’t blow you away, but it’s better than the pure expiring contracts the Pistons were rumored to be getting offered in the run-up to the deadline. They’ll get back John Henson, former Piston Brandon Knight and a second round pick in the form of the lesser of the Cavs’ or Golden State Warriors’ 2023 selection.

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One of the driving forces behind the urgency to move on from Drummond was his upcoming $28.75 million player option in the summer. With 2020 cap space being swallowed up in droves over the past few days, it became more obvious by the hour that Drummond would pick up that option rather than becoming a free agent.

The Pistons wanted cap space for the coming summer, and that’s exactly what they got. They will enter next summer with nearly $40 million in space. The free agent class for 2020-21 is a weak one, but that space will give them options and flexibility they haven’t had in years.

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