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Andre Drummond is keeping it pretty real when it comes to his future -- telling TMZ Sports when it comes to blockbuster trade rumors, "Anything is possible in this league." The rumors are heating up that the Detroit Pistons star could be shipped out before the season starts -- and even engaged with a Twitter fan this week who suggested Drummond could be part of a mega trade to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving. But when we asked about it, he didn't exactly rule it out -- "I play for Detroit now, so we'll keep it at that."
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Toronto called dangling Jonas Valanciunas before the deadline, and Sacramento and Phoenix also expressed strong interest in Drummond in June, per sources. There's enough grease to ultimately move the wheels and find Drummond a new home before the season starts, and he's almost certainly not finishing out the final four years of his five-year, max contract in Detroit.
While Detroit was figuring out what to do with Caldwell-Pope, the team also was taking calls on center Andre Drummond, who — like virtually everyone else with the Pistons — disappointed last season. But owner Tom Gores is a huge fan of Drummond, who started the 2016 All-Star Game. And with many teams sensing dissatisfaction from Coach and Team President Stan Van Gundy as it relates to his big man, none of the offers came close to meriting a serious discussion about Drummond’s future with the franchise.
After praising Kennard’s offensive ability – and blasting his defensive shortcomings – the topic turned to the holdover Pistons, notably Drummond, the talented young center who had fallen out of grace with the fan base because of his inconsistent play. “I think he was hurt at the trade deadline (when his name came up),” Van Gundy said. “Now, he’s been through it. Any of us would be bothered by it, but it’s a fact of life in the NBA. Two weeks ago, he and (Reggie Jackson’s) names were both in there, trade rumors, on teams we hadn’t even talked to on that one. These things come up. “That’s the reality of it.”
Vincent Ellis: Have been told multiple times by folks that Drummond trade unlikely. Obviously that can change.
On Wednesday ESPN’s Brian Windhorst told The Jump that the Los Angeles Clippers have spoken to the Detroit Pistons about trading for Andre Drummond. The Detroit Pistons have been quiet amidst the craziness breaking out around the NBA on the eve of the draft. In fact, the Pistons have been too quiet. Much like before they traded for Reggie Jackson at the 2013-14 trade deadline and Tobias Harris at the 2014-15 deadline, there’s been virtually nothing coming out of Auburn Hills aside from press conferences about draft prep.
Michael Scotto: Sources: Detroit Pistons are gauging the trade market on Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. Both were on the market at the trade deadline.
The Detroit Pistons are welcoming offers on two players previously thought off-limits -- former All-Star center Andre Drummond and swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope -- as Thursday's trade deadline nears, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Pistons have not committed to trading either player but have also not discouraged offers from interested teams for ‎the two most prized names on their roster.
Sources say ‎Drummond is especially well-regarded by Pistons ‎owner Tom Gores and thus unlikely to be dealt before Thursday's deadline. The Detroit Free Press also termed it "very likely" that Drummond will remain with the Pistons.
One league source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the Portland Trail Blazers called to inquire about Drummond but quickly abandoned their interest when Detroit asked for Blazers guard C.J. McCollum in return. The Blazers, sources told Shelburne, regard McCollum as an untouchable.
Sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst, meanwhile, that the Pistons and Toronto Raptors have also had exploratory Drummond discussions.
Van Gundy dispelled any notion that Drummond was being shopped or is on the verge of being dealt. General manager Jeff Bower has brought nothing to him regarding a serious Drummond trade proposal. “Jeff talks to virtually every team in the league all the time. As I’ve said before, every name on our roster has come up. That’s his job. That’s what we’re supposed to be doing. There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre. The concern, I guess, would be from Andre’s standpoint if nobody had any interest in him.”
“That’s just the way it is,” Drummond said. “Everybody’s name gets thrown around when you’re a high-profile guy. My name happened to be in there. I’m not mad or anything like that. I’m still here to play basketball. Whatever happens, happens. I can’t control that.”
Rod Beard: #Pistons Andre Drummond on potential trade rumors 🔥🔥: "It’s just the way the NBA is; it’s all a business. Everybody's name gets thrown around when you're a high-profile guy. My name happened to be in there. I'm not mad or anything like that. I'm still here to play basketball and whatever happens, happens. I can't control that.'
Any Drummond deal at the deadline is an extreme long shot, but Jackson remains in play for Minnesota, Orlando, New Orleans, or some mystery destination. Even if Detroit keeps him, missing the playoffs would put dramatic changes on the table this summer.
ESPN.com published a Pistons report from Zach Lowe this morning. It’s an interesting read that examines the uncertainty and promise of the team, with tidbits on Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and the team’s trade prospects. Van Gundy took exception to calling it "illuminating." “I’ve heard about it,” Van Gundy said. “He throws a lot of stuff out there, so I don’t know if that’s illuminating. I could write a lot of stuff, too, but would that be illuminating? Would it be illuminating or would it be (expletive)? There’s a fine line between illuminating and (expletive).”
They needed talent; they would figure out the rest later. The figuring it out part has been harder than expected, especially with both Jackson and Drummond plateauing. Detroit has quietly explored the trade market for each of its franchise centerpieces, according to sources across the league, and come away disappointed with the potential return. (Van Gundy himself has said anyone is available for "the right price.")
Any Drummond deal at the deadline is an extreme long shot, but Jackson remains in play for Minnesota, Orlando, New Orleans, or some mystery destination. Even if Detroit keeps him, missing the playoffs would put dramatic changes on the table this summer.
"That's what I'm saying - this stuff is crazy," Van Gundy said of media reports. "And I'm not going to be the guy to step up and say, 'No, no, no. None of these guys are available.' Because I'm not lying to anybody. "Here's the thing: who do you think people call about? Are interested in? Your best players? Yeah. That's who people call about. Yes, there's always discussions about Reggie and Andre (Drummond) and Marcus (Morris) and Tobias (Harris) and Stanley (Johnson) and Jon Leuer. Always, yes. People call about them. There's discussions about those guys on a daily basis. That's who people call about. They are interested in those guys. So yes, those discussions take place all the time."
Stan Van Gundy has openly scoffed at the suggestion that Detroit is looking to trade away Reggie Jackson amid ‎the disappointing Pistons' 18-23 struggles. Yet there's a growing impression around the league that, at the very least, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has moved past Jackson onto Detroit's short list of untouchables alongside Andre Drummond.
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