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Report: Three Teams Tried Trading For Andre Drummond During The Draft


The current NBA offseason has been one of the craziest in recent memory, with multiple All-Stars changing teams, such as Paul George to the Thunder and Chris Paul to the Rockets, with a few more moves definitely on the horizon, such as the imminent departure of Carmelo Anthony.

A recent report from Sports Illustrated, however, tells us that another Eastern All-Star could've been on the move as well.

It's seeming like the Detroit Pistons are keen to move on star center Andre Drummond, and were in talks with multiple teams on draft night, including the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and the Toronto Raptors.

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"Toronto called dangling Jonas Valanciunas before the deadline, and Sacramento and Phoenix also expressed strong interest in Drummond in June, per sources. There's enough grease to ultimately move the wheels and find Drummond a new home before the season starts, and he's almost certainly not finishing out the final four years of his five-year, max contract in Detroit. The Pistons had eyes on Ryan Anderson before he hit free agency last summer. Perhaps Detroit finagles its way into the Melo-to-Houston talks, moving Drummond to New York and taking back Ryan Anderson—a Stan Van Gundy favorite from Orlando—in return. Portland called about Drummond before they ultimately moved on Jusuf Nurkic this spring, but perhaps those front offices' familiarity could also help deliver Drummond to the Knicks in a Melo maneuver. Or maybe Drummond is simply the latest weapon to change teams in the NBA's arms race to defeat the Warriors. He will very likely be wearing a new jersey by the end of the 2017-18 season. Why not now?"

Detroit's failed tandem of Reggie Jackson and Drummond is the leading cause for trade talks, with the Pistons unhappy with the production both players have given them since they arrived on the team.

In any case, Drummond will be in a new jersey either within the next few weeks or closer towards the trade deadline, and a player of his caliber could be very useful for a team looking to make the jump into title contention.