The Wrap Up
At the end of the day, yeah, it would’ve been nice to get anything for him, even a bag of shareable size sour Skittles, that won’t be shared at all; but he wasn’t.
There’s a lot of reasons for that. There’s a lot of thought processes that go with that. Do you take on $10+ million in dead money, or more, for the next three years (for the sake of argument) just for a second-round pick? How much is a second-rounder worth? I don’t think so. Most people wouldn’t.
Kevin Love’s contract is already a hard enough one to manage, the Cavs don’t need to be adding even more bad contracts, not even if it meant trading away Drummond for a second-rounder. Especially considering Love probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. His deal is near impossible to move, especially if he can’t get back on the court.
As for Drummond, he wasn’t going to get you more than a second-round pick back. No one was looking to trade for him when he was in Detroit, hence why the Cavs got him for what they did, and no one was going to sweeten the pot with a first-rounder, not with his limitations.
So the notion that the Cavs benching him hurt his trade value is hilariously misguided and just not true.