Trail Blazers odds to land Andre Drummond are not very realistic

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Jacob Camenker
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Trail Blazers odds to land Andre Drummond are not very realistic originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

For the second consecutive season, Andre Drummond is known to be available on the trade market.

A year after being sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson, and a second-round draft pick ahead of the 2020 NBA trade deadline, the Cavaliers appear to be ready to move on from him. The team acquired Jarrett Allen from the Brooklyn Nets as a part of the James Harden deal and appear ready to trust him as the team's starting center of the future.

That leaves Drummond as the odd man out.

Drummond has played well this year, averaging 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game in 25 outings. However, despite his productivity, the Cavaliers were just 9-16 in games that he played and are choosing to sit the 27-year-old until they can find a way to trade him.

There should be a handful of teams interested in Drummond's skill set. He's a traditional big man, which is somewhat of a dying breed. Nonetheless, his low-post abilities on both ends of the floor should attract some buyers ahead of the trade deadline.

The Portland Trail Blazers could be one of them. They have had a lot of success using traditional bigs in recent years, including Jusuf Nurkic and Enes Kanter, so folding Drummond into the roster wouldn't be difficult.

However, betting odds list the Blazers as having the 7th best odds to land Drummond if traded, per PointsBet Sportsbook. (The Hornets & Knicks are tied with the 4th best odds)

Team

Odds

Toronto Raptors

+225

Dallas Mavericks

+300

Boston Celtics

+400

Charlotte Hornets

+550

New York Knicks

+550

Brooklyn Nets

+700

Golden State Warriors

+800

Portland Trail Blazers

+850

Los Angeles Clippers

+1000

Los Angeles Lakers

+1000

It makes sense that the Trail Blazers would be considered a longer shot than the other teams in contention for Drummond's services. They would simply have trouble trading for Drummond without giving up too many significant pieces of their rotation.

Because both the Blazers and Cavaliers are over the cap, the Blazers would have to ship out roughly $23 million in space to land Drummond. That would likely require them to trade Jusuf Nurkic and either Rodney Hood or Robert Covington to make the money work. Or, the Cavs could request that the Blazers trade C.J. McCollum and his $29 million contract, which would be a nonstarter for Portland.

In all likelihood, the Cavs are probably looking for draft picks in a Drummond trade, too. Surrendering Nurkic, Hood or Covington, and a pick for Drummond and his expiring contract doesn't seem like a realistic scenario for Portland.

If Drummond is bought out, that might be a different story. He would offer a more defensive-focused option to pair with Kanter in the frontcourt rotation and would give the team excellent depth at center behind the oft-injured Nurkic.

For now though, it doesn't seem like Drummond is likely to join the Blazers via trade, especially with some more center-needy teams having the assets needed to make a push for Drummond.

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