Report: Andre Drummond, Cavs have early interest in a contract extension
Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond has already said he’s going to pick up his 2020-21 player option with the franchise. The Cavs acquired Drummond from the Detroit Pistons at the 2020 February trade deadline in a move that left a lot of execs around the league scratching their heads.
Drummond can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2021. However, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, it may not ever get to that point, as the Cavs and Drummond have an interest in agreeing to a contract extension.
At this point, sources say, both sides have shown interest in an extension. But there’s so much to figure out before late October, when Andre Drummond could technically sign a new deal.
In eight games with the Cavs following his trade from the Pistons, Drummond averaged 17.5 points and 11.1 rebounds while shooting 55.2 percent from the field. The two-time All-Star is one of the best rebounders of all time and figures to mesh well with Cleveland guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, particularly in the pick-and-roll/lob game.
The Cavs had the worst record in the East before games were suspended in March, so they won’t be in Orlando when the 2019-20 season resumes at Walt Disney World. That’s unfortunate because Cleveland’s front office was looking forward to seeing how Drummond, Sexton, Garland and Kevin Love would co-exist moving forward.
Drummond, a three-time rebounding champion, has career averages of 14.5 points and 13.8 rebounds in 599 regular-season games with the Pistons and Cavs. He played his college ball at UConn.