Sources Say Pistons & Hawks Discussing Deal Involving Andre Drummond

Sources Say Pistons & Hawks Discussing Deal Involving Andre Drummond
Sat 4th January 2020

The Detroit Pistons are escalating discussions on a trade involving All-Star center Andre Drummond with several teams, including serious recent talks with the Atlanta Hawks, league sources told ESPN.

The Hawks have discussed sending a package that includes a 2020 first-round pick via the Brooklyn Nets and the salary cap relief of expiring contracts for Detroit, league sources said. A potential deal would include other assets.

There’s an increasing belief inside and outside the Pistons organization that a Drummond deal is growing in likelihood prior to the Feb. 6 NBA trade deadline, league sources said.

The Pistons and Hawks discussions have included ownership levels with both teams, but no ideal is considered imminent, league sources said.

Detroit is preparing for Drummond, 26, to decline his $29 million option on the 2020-21 season and become a free agent, league sources said. Pistons owner Tom Gores has long been a strong advocate of Drummond’s Pistons career, but there’s an increased movement in the organization to use Drummond as a trade asset to begin creating some salary cap flexibility for the future, league sources said.

Drummond could possibly command another max contract on the free-agent market — or with the team that trades for him.

The Pistons are committed through the 2022 season on the $76 million owed Blake Griffin in the final two years of his contract, and his injury history makes trading him a difficult scenario.

Drummond is averaging 17.6 points and 15.8 rebounds for the Pistons, who drafted him in 2012.


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