Andre Drummond Rumors: Knicks Join Lakers, Nets as Teams Interested in Cavs Star

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 15, 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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The market for Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond is reportedly expanding if he gets bought out after the March 25 NBA trade deadline.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the New York Knicks have joined the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets as teams interested in the two-time All-Star.

Charania noted the Lakers and Nets are "believed" to be the top suitors for Drummond, but the Knicks could potentially entice him by offering him a multiyear deal, assuming he gets bought out by Cleveland.

Drummond hasn't appeared in a game for the Cavs since Feb. 12. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst reported the team was holding him out as it worked with his representatives on a trade. 

Windhorst said on a March 9 episode of SportsCenter the Cavaliers would like to receive either a young player or a draft pick for Drummond. Cleveland previously acquired him from the Detroit Pistons in February 2020, and the 27-year-old is making $28.75 million in the final year of his contract.

The Knicks have emerged as a surprise playoff contender in the Eastern Conference at 20-19 (seventh) and could use a conventional big like Drummond. The Lakers, meanwhile, need more size on the inside with Anthony Davis expected to miss at least two more weeks with a strained calf. And the Nets are also looking for another big man to pair with DeAndre Jordan and provide interior defense.

Drummond was averaging 17.5 points on 47.4 percent shooting and 13.5 rebounds per game in 25 games this season.