With Andre Drummond expected to reach a buyout agreement with the Cavaliers after Cleveland could not find a trade partner before the deadline, he will have several choices and roles to choose from when he hits free agency. Yahoo Sports’ and The NBA on TNT’s Chris Haynes is reporting that the eight-year big man will take meetings with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, and Boston Celtics.
Drummond’s fit in Boston is curious. In the Brad Stevens era, the Celtics have often played a five-out style on offense. Drummond, however, is a ground-and-pound old school center that does most of his damage in the paint. In twenty-five games this season, the two-time All-Star averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds over 28.9 minutes per game.
Former CelticsBlogger Kevin O’Connor has also linked Drummond to Boston and current CelticsBlogger Keith Smith notes that the Celtics will not waive either of their newly acquired centers—Mo Wagner from the Wizards or Luke Kornet from the Bulls--until they’ve secured a new contract with a buyout candidate or another free agent.
Haynes also reported that ex-Spur LaMarcus Aldridge will also be fielding calls with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, and Brooklyn Nets. Previously, the Celtics had been linked to the 35-year-old, but based on his potential choices, Aldridge appears to be ring shopping in the twilight of his career.