An interesting trade suggestion has popped up that would benefit the Cavs in their long-term future, more so than holding onto Andre Drummond.
NBAAnalysis.net’s TJ Porreca has an intriguing trade proposal surrounding Andre Drummond that would give the Cleveland Cavaliers a real chance at being competitive in the 2020-2021 season while shedding some salary. It’s not the best trade in the world, but since the Cavs gave up next to nothing to get Drummond in the first place, to turn around and trade him out of the division while receiving a top-flight defender and a promising young big man in return is a pretty solid move. They may not match Drummond’s rebounding but they’re so much better off than Brandon Knight and John Henson; the two men sent to Detroit to acquire Drummond in the first place.
In his trade scenario, Porreca pitches the Cavs trade Andre Drummond to the Clippers for Patrick Beverly, Ivica Zubac, and Rodney McGruder. This is a solid deal, though it’d be even better if the Cavs could get a first-round pick out of the Clippers.
Ideally, the trade would work better if the Cavs got back a couple of seconds or even a first-round pick. The Cavs have a depth of draft picks but more is always better. Especially considering the 2020 NBA Draft Class isn’t exactly the deepest thing out there. Future draft classes will have better lineups and if the Cavs can have a steady supply of draft capital, that means they can truly build a team for the first time in some time. Finally able to not be so reliant on LeBron James.
So why would this trade work?