Andre Drummond has been reportedly on the trade block for quite a long time now, as the talented youngster seems uncomfortable in a Detroit Pistons team that’s kind of lost right now and need to figure some things out before actually going back to contention.
Part of the problem for the Pistons is the lack of attractive assets, and that’s where Drummond may come very handy, as he’s definitely the most talented piece on the team but in a league way more oriented towards the perimeter nowadays, old school big men are kind of expendable in the Association.
So, after all the struggles we’ve seen from Reggie Jackson over the past season and the lack of a supporting cast of the bench for the Michigan franchise, it seems like Drummond’s time at the Pistons may be coming to an end, being once again in the midst of several trade rumors.
But, where could he thrive the most? Where could he take his game to the next level? And more important, which team could actually make an offer attractive enough to make Van Gundy part ways with the 5 year center after a season averaging 13.6 points, 13.8 boards and 1.5 blocks per game on 54% from the field? Let’s take a look.
The Bulls won’t be the franchise more suited for Drummond to make a run at the ring or even the playoffs, and he’d definitely bring more spacing troubles for a team that’s already struggling to stretch the floor with the current personnel they have.
However, rumors state that the Bulls are ready to rebuild and they could easily do so if they trade Jimmy Butler to get some assets to build around their 23-year-old center. So, in order to get this done, Gar/Pax would have to send Nikola Mirotic, Robin Lopez and Bobby Portis to the Pistons in exchange for the Uconn product.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are one of the most interesting projects in the NBA nowadays with coach Walton set to enter his 2nd season in charge of the team and Magic Johnson keen to bring All-Star caliber talent back to the Staples Center.
Besides, The Lakers have been very clear with the fact that they’re more than willing to part ways with some of their youngsters in order to enter win-now mode, and Drummond would definitely be a step in the right direction. To make this move possible, Magic Johnson would send Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson in exchange for “the Big Penguin”.
And finally, the Celtics would actually be the best fit for both Drummond and the Pistons, considering they’re just a couple of additions away from being championship contenders once again, and Andre would finally have the chance to play for a competitive squad after seeing his team struggle.
The Celtics would definitely improve the Pistons future with what they could offer, sending Jaylen Brown and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 first round pick, a pick that’s expected to be yet again on the top 5, making it the most win-win scenario for the Pistons and their talented big guy.