NBA Rumors: Andre Drummond Considered As 'Short-Term Upgrade' For Celtics

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Since the 2020 offseason, rumors are circulating that the Boston Celtics are targeting a defensive-minded big man on the market. Though they have already signed Tristan Thompson in free agency, it's clearly not enough to fill the hole left by Al Horford on their roster. With the Celtics still currently not viewed on the same level as other Eastern Conference powerhouse teams like the Brooklyn Nets, Philadephia 76ers, and the Milwaukee Bucks, team president of basketball operations and general manager Danny Ainge is expected to be more aggressive in addressing one of the major frontcourt issues before the 2021 trade deadline.

Andre Drummond A Temporary Answer To Celtics' Frontcourt Problem

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In the past months, the Celtics have already been linked to several big men who are rumored to be available on the trade market, including veteran center Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In a recent episode of the HoopsHype podcast, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype and Jay King of The Athletic talked about the trades that the Celtics could do to improve their roster this season. If they are looking for a "short-term upgrade," Scotto advised the Celtics to go after a player like Drummond.

A short-term upgrade that I look at for the Celtics that I think could be had, and you could use the trade exception, is a guy like Andre Drummond.

Andre Drummond Gives Celtics A Double-Double Machine

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Drummond would undeniably be an incredible trade target for the Celtics. Though he doesn't possess Horford's floor-spacing ability, he would be a major upgrade at the Celtics' starting center position and would help them improve their performance on both ends of the floor. Drummond would give Boston a very reliable scoring option under the basket, as well as a monster rebounder and a quality rim protector.

This season, the 27-year-old center is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.6 steals while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, per ESPN.

Celtics Could Get Andre Drummond For A Cheap Price

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Despite his impressive statistics this season, the Celtics wouldn't be needing to pay the king's ransom to convince the Cavaliers to send Drummond to Beantown. With his expiring contract, the Cavaliers are only expected to demand some salary cap relief combined with future draft assets in exchange for the veteran center.

Unlike most teams that are eyeing to acquire Drummond before the 2021 trade deadline, the Celtics wouldn't be required to sacrifice multiple players to match his massive salary. As Scotto noted, the Celtics could land Drummond by using the $28.5 million traded player exception that they obtained when they sent Gordon Hayward to the Charlotte Hornets in the 2020 free agency.

Joining Celtics Would Be Good For Andre Drummond

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The proposed scenario wouldn't only be beneficial for the Celtics, but also for Drummond. At this point in his career, Drummond would definitely prefer to play for a legitimate playoff contender than waste his prime on a rebuilding team like the Cavaliers. Joining forces with Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker, and Marcus Smart in Boston would give him a legitimate chance of reaching the NBA Finals and winning his first Larry O'Brien Trophy this year.

Also, if he plays well on a title-contending team like the Celtics, it would greatly help him in landing a decent contract when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in the 2021 offseason.