Knicks Rumors: Opposing Team Believes Andre Drummond Would Limit Julius Randle

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIMarch 16, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond, front, drives to the rim past Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Amid rumors the New York Knicks are in the hunt for Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond, one opposing team doesn't think that's the best idea for a team that is built around All-Star Julius Randle. 

"I don’t love it for Randle," the team told Ian Begley of SNY. "Drummond plays close to the rim, so you’re limiting what Randle can do. Long-term, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me." 

The Cavaliers have held the two-time All-Star out of games since Feb. 15 as they embarked on an attempt to find trade partners for Drummond, who averaged 17.5 pounds and 13.5 rebounds through 25 games this season.

In a trade, they're reportedly seeking a second-round pick, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. Drummond is due $28.7 million this season, the final year of his deal. 

New York is said to be coming into play after the trade deadline. According to Charania, the Knicks are open to offering Drummond a multiyear contract if he becomes a free agent via a buyout with the Cavs. Begley reported that more recent buzz around the team has "downplayed the possibility" of a Drummond signing, citing complications for other transactions. 

This isn't the first time that the Knicks have had their name tossed around with Drummond. Per Begley, they were in trade conversations for the star before last year's trade deadline. 

Randle, who earned his first All-Star selection this season, has averaged 23.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game to lead the Knicks to a 20-20 record.