Pistons Reportedly Open to Trading Andre Drummond, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 23, 2017

AUBURN HILLS, MI - OCTOBER 17: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  #5 and Andre Drummond #0 of the Detroit Pistons  on October 17, 2016 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Detroit Pistons are entertaining offers for Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in advance of Thursday's trade deadline, but it doesn't appear the team is close to trading either player just yet. 

Citing sources, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported the "Pistons have not committed to trading either player but have also not discouraged offers from interested teams for ‎the two most prized names on their roster."

A slew of teams have reportedly contacted the Pistons regarding Drummond's availability, but none of those discussions have intensified with less than 24 hours remaining until the trade deadline. 

Drummond and Caldwell-Pope's Efficiency Ratings
PlayerOffensive RatingDefensive RatingNet Rating
Andre Drummond103.2108.3-5.1
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope105.5105.7-0.2
Source: NBA.com/Stats

According to the Detroit NewsRod Beard, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters Tuesday that Detroit hasn't had "serious" discussions about Drummond to this point. 

The Portland Trail Blazers are among the teams that reached out, but ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne reported they "quickly abandoned their interest when Detroit asked for Blazers guard C.J. McCollum in return."

According to Shelburne, the Blazers consider McCollum an "untouchable" asset. 

Perhaps more intriguing is that the Brooklyn Nets have discussed a potential Drummond deal with the Pistons. However, there's no indication the two sides have held advanced talks.

"That's just the way the NBA is," Drummond said of rumors Tuesday, per the Detroit Free PressVince Ellis. "It’s all a business. Everybody's name going to be thrown around if you’re a high-profile guy. My name happened to be there. I'm not mad or anything like that. I'm here to play basketball. Whatever happens, happens, but I can't control that." 

As for Caldwell-Pope, Stein cited sources who said "Detroit would expect at least one future first-round pick and front-line player in return" for the impending restricted free agent. 

Based on the Pistons' steep asking prices, it's understandable that discussions haven't progressed substantially.

There's still time for Detroit to pull a 180 on Thursday afternoon, but Van Gundy's track record suggests he'd rather stand pat than make a panicked move at the last second. 


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