The Cavs are looking for trade partners in a potential Andre Drummond deal, but while we wait, these writers have pitched some good ideas.
The Cavs are looking to ship off Andre Drummond after less than a year’s worth of games. A failed trade if there ever was one, Drummond has developed a bad reputation of spotty play and even spottier shot selection. The official report from head coach J.B. Bickerstaff is that this was a “mutual” decision to sit Drummond until a trade could be found.
Seems unlikely but hey, we found some trades and we’re going to talk about why these trades work for the Cavs and the team they’re shipping Drummond off to.
Source: Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report
The first trade is from Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report and it sees Andre Drummond going to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for two centers, Cody Zeller and Bismack Biyombbo, and a combo-guard in Malk Monk.
Let’s just say that I adore this trade. Malik Monk isn’t going to be an All-Star at any point in his career, and that makes the Hornets drafting of him a bad pick. The Cavs won’t have invested the same capital in him as the Hornets, so if Monk never becomes more than a rotation player off the bench, so be it. Monk can be just that. He’s got a true shooting percentage of 61%, a huge marketed improvement from his three previous years in Charlotte. That puts him 87th in the league out of every NBA player who qualifies.
Again, not great for Charlotte who took him with the 11th overall pick in 2017, but the Cavs aren’t spending a top 11 draft pick on him.
The rest of the deal works well, as the Cavs will need more big bodies down low under the hoop to round out the frontcourt. Cody Zeller is a good offensive player who can help provide some stability down low that they’re lacking with Drummond and Bismack Biyombo can help close out the half and games when the Cavs are up, as he’s still a solid, albeit unremarkable, defensive player.
Charlotte gets a solid big man who LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier, and Gordan Hayword can rely on going forward. The team is rumored to be interested in moving Devonte Graham and if they do, they can really expedite their rebuild overnight.