January 18, 2021
NBA Rumors: Celtics Could Trade Aaron Nesmith, Grant Williams, And Draft Pick For Andre Drummond

Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond is expected to be one of the hottest names on the market before the 2021 trade deadline. With their inability to reach an agreement regarding a contract extension and the recent arrival of Jarrett Allen, many believe that Drummond will not be finishing the 2020-21 NBA season as a Cavalier. Once he becomes available on the trading block, several teams that are in dire need of a frontcourt boost and additional star power are expected to express a strong interest in Drummond.

One of his top landing spots this season could be the Boston Celtics. According to Greg Patuto of NBA Analysis Network, the Celtics could land Drummond from the Cavaliers by sending them a package that includes Aaron Nesmith, Grant Williams, and a 2021 second-round pick. If the suggested trade becomes a reality, Patuto thinks it would help both Boston and Cleveland.

"Andre Drummond would completely solidify the Boston Celtics' roster and balance it out well along with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. The Celtics have many trade pieces but would not have to part ways with some given Drummond's current contract situation. The deal would come relatively cheap for Boston. Now, the Cavaliers have too many centers with Jarrett Allen and JaVale McGee also on the roster. If Drummond isn't in Cleveland's long-term plans, getting some value now for him would be a favorable outcome — creating a heavy minutes role for Allen."

Bam Adebayo #13 of the Miami Heat is defended by Andre Drummond #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half at American Airlines Arena on February 22, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
Getty Images | Michael Reaves

The proposed scenario would be a no-brainer for the Celtics as it would allow them to add another All-Star-caliber talent to their roster without paying a king's ransom. Drummond hasn't yet unlocked his three-point shooting potential, but he would be an incredible acquisition for the Celtics by giving them an All-Star center and a double-double machine.

This season, he's averaging 19.3 points, 15.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 1.7 steals while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, per ESPN. Adding Drummond to the core of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, and Kemba Walker would improve the Celtics' performance on both ends of the floor. It would also give them a better chance of beating Eastern Conference powerhouse teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series.

Meanwhile, the proposed scenario would also make a lot of sense for the Cavaliers, especially if they no longer view Drummond as part of their long-term future. Aside from acquiring two talented prospects in Nesmith and Williams and a future draft asset, it would also enable them to give more playing time to Allen and fully focus on the development of their young core.