Cavs get tired of Drummond: Dallas, Brooklyn, Toronto ...

As reported by the journalist Shams Charania (The Athletic), the pivot has been removed from the team and several franchises are asking about him.


The NBA market begins to enter its final stretch. In a year of new dates for everyone, March 25 is heavily underlined on any general manager's calendar. That is the barrier, the day the squads will be defined, in their entirety, to face the decisive stretch of the campaign. Until then, the great contenders for the ring will have time to look for the final pieces of their gears and those who have not had so much luck, or such good sportsmanship, will look to the future, trying to take advantage of the first and the unpredictable negotiations. Because you already know. The NBA, and especially its market, is very difficult to anticipate. Proof of this has been the mega-pass of James Harden. An earthquake that climbed the richter scale at an inordinate speed and involved four franchises: beyond the Rockets and Nets themselves, the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers also got their hands on it. One of those movements that can only be conceived in the American league. With such a size, and how could it be otherwise, it still kicks.

Recently, Harden himself declared that he had done "what he had to do." Direct implications. Now, the side effects also arrive. The last to suffer them, Andre Drummond. From Brooklyn, Cleveland hosted Taurean Prince and Jarrett Allen. Two players who, by profile and by age, could fit into the JB Bickerstaff project. The season at LeBron's former empire is not being the best. After an exciting start, with the fresh air of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, the Cavaliers are thirteenth in the East and have a seven-game losing streak. Terrible results, but with Prince and Allen leading the way on the track. The first accumulates 24.9 minutes per game, with 9.2 points and 4.3 rebounds; the second, 25.7 for 13.2 and 7.5, respectively. And in the latter, above all, lies the root of the question.

In Cleveland, Jarrett Allen is seen as the reference center for the franchise, with a present, but also with a great future (he is 22 years old). He is a coveted defender in the league (in Brooklyn they miss him) and they want him to be the tower that illuminates the Sextons, Garlands or Okoro for years to come. The situation, it seems, would have upset Drummond. The 27-year-old center, twice All Star, no longer participated in the last game of the team, against the Los Angeles Clippers last morning. In fact, he arrived at the meeting, without intending to play, with the word "goodbye" screen-printed on the front of his sweatshirt. The franchise, officially, justifies it as a break due to the accumulation of matches in a row; But, as Shams Charania has published in The Athletic, and Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed on ESPN, several sources indicate that the player is not expected to play the next match, against the Warrios. According to the same publication, because of his "attitude and game" and with a transfer on the horizon.

In this course, Drummond is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. A super producer who, many times, has been criticized for how empty his statistics can be. In the last two games played, his performance had already left clues about the situation. Against Denver and Portland, he averaged only 16 minutes on the court, 6 points and 5.5 rebounds. Very far from their standards. Today, according to Charania himself, the Toronto Raptors is the franchise most interested in gaining the player's services. After her, Dallas Mavericks or Brooklyn Nets, who would end up doing the piece by piece with Jarrett Allen. Whatever the destination, the host franchise must take over a $ 28.7 million contract that expires this year. The player's agent, Jeff Schwartz, in conversations with ESPN, has assured the following: "Andre is 27 years old, he is in his prime and I firmly believe that he has a lot to contribute in a team towards a postseason career." In any of the teams that sound, the wishes that are inferred could be satisfied.

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