NBA rumors: Cavaliers gauging Andre Drummond trade market; should Celtics be interested?

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Cavs reportedly gauging Drummond trade market; should Celtics be interested? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

We're almost two months into the 2020-21 NBA season, and it's time for teams to start deciding whether they will be buyers or sellers at the March 25 trade deadline.

One team to watch is the Cleveland Cavaliers. They have two veteran centers -- Andre Drummond and JaVale McGee -- who could interest contending teams that need a big man.

Drummond, in particular, could see his tenure in Cleveland end before the trade deadline. On Monday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported an update on Drummond's situation:

Drummond is averaging a double-double with 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. The only player grabbing more rebounds per game is Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela. These stats look great on paper. However, Drummond is shooting a career-worst 47.4 percent from the floor.

Should the Boston Celtics pursue a trade for Drummond? The short answer is no.

C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge recently said "shooting with size" is a need for his team prior to the trade deadline. Drummond does not fit that skill set. Sure, he has excellent size, but he doesn't even attempt 3-point shots. He's not going to stretch the floor in any way. Drummond also is a terrible free throw shooter at 59.7 percent. 

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Drummond also makes nearly $29 million this season in the final year of his contract, and his salary wouldn't fit inside Boston's trade exception created from the Gordon Hayward sign-and-trade deal with the Charlotte Hornets last offseason.

Better options for the Celtics at the trade deadline include Hawks forward John Collins, Kings forward Harrison Barnes, Magic center Nikola Vucevic and Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, among others. These players all have good size/length and can shoot.

Drummond's market is still worth watching, though, especially if one of the Celtics' rivals in the Eastern Conference acquires him. The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Monday that the Cavs and Raptors "are engaged in active talks on potential Andre Drummond deal to Toronto/Tampa."

OddsMoney LinePoint SpreadTotal Points
Houston
-176-3.5O 219.5
Cleveland
+145+3.5U 219.5