Andre Drummond Trade Rumors: Raptors Among Teams Interested in Cavs C

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IFebruary 9, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers' Andre Drummond drives the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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With the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers potentially readying for a fire sale, the Toronto Raptors are one of several teams interested in veteran center Andre Drummond, according to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer. 

The big man will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the 10-15 Cavaliers boast the league's worst offensive rating and 16th-best defensive ranking, per NBA.com.

The 27-year-old is in his first full campaign with the Cavaliers, having spent his first seven-plus seasons with the Detroit Pistons before a trade to Cleveland midway through 2019-20. 

Through 23 outings this year, the four-time rebounding champ has averaged a career-high 18.5 points with 14.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game.

NBA journeyman Aron Baynes is Toronto's starting center, but through 21 games, Baynes has been largely unproductive for the 11-13 Raptors.

The 34-year-old, who joined the team to take over for new Los Angeles Laker Marc Gasol, has averaged just 5.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season. Backup Chris Boucher has fared better with 13.8 points and 6.5 boards in more minutes per game (23.2) than Baynes (18.4).

Still, Drummond will certainly be an upgrade at the position if the Raptors land him.