The Cleveland Cavaliers shut Andre Drummond down in the middle of February. As noted by ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the team believed that “it’s unfair to Drummond to limit his minutes as the organization transitions to [Jarrett] Allen” and “decided together that Drummond would remain with the team but would no longer be active for games.”
Since then, the 27-year-old has developed into one of the league’s hottest available names.
Or at least that was the case until this week.
On Thursday, A. Sherrod Blakely of Bleacher Report noted that the Phoenix Suns were also a viable contender.
“Phoenix has been one of the NBA’s most surprising teams, but league executives believe the Suns are a big man away from being a legit threat in the West,” he wrote.
“That’s why they anticipate the Suns will make a run at Cleveland’s Andre Drummond…The addition of Drummond would be the one move that would strike fear in most if not all of the NBA’s top-shelf teams. Adding him means he would have picked the Suns over the Lakers in a buyout scenario. The value in that can’t be understated. It also gives Phoenix the kind of defensive interior presence that will cause problems for the better teams in the West.”
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The NBA trade deadline is less than two weeks away. Although the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks are considered the most likely Finals threats, a team like Phoenix could slip into the equation with one smart acquisition.
Will Drummond be that move? Time will tell.