Not trading him didn’t hurt the Cavs
Not trading Andre Drummond didn’t set the rebuild back, and honestly, trading him would’ve only got you a second-round pick or two, at best. Drummond was going for the same price JaVale McGee was, yet McGee got you more. Sure you might’ve been able to get a veteran piece back for Drummond, but you weren’t going to get anyone that would change the course of the franchise.
Considering that we know Drummond wasn’t going for a first-round pick, and that the McGee trade still got the Cavs two second-round picks, the Cavs actually broke ahead considering what they gave up for both McGee and Drummond.
McGee was a free agent signing, so he cost a few million dollars but no assets. When the Cavs got Drummond, they gave up a second-round pick, John Henson and Brandon Knight. Two guys who aren’t in the league anymore and a late-pick that will probably not turn into anything.
Yeah, Drummond didn’t get moved, but he wasn’t going to bring back much anyway. The McGee trade really helped the Cavs out more than any Drummond offer.
An idea that Chris Fedor agrees with (or technically I agree with him.)
"Then consider this: The Cavs went into this deadline hoping to get multiple seconds. One for Drummond. Another for McGee. Well, they did get two. It’s just both came in the McGee deal. The net result is the same."