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Report: Pistons will need to decide future of Andre Drummond

Pistons big man is entering the final year of his contract with Detroit.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond warms up prior to the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Little Caesars Arena.  Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons will need to start to have conversations surrounding the future of center Andre Drummond, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. On their Trade Special on Sunday night, the two speculated that Detroit will have to decide whether to keep the big man or trade him entering the final year of his contract in 2020-21. He has a player option for that season, so realistically the Pistons could wait until he’s an expiring to deal him.

Drummond is owed around $27 million this season and $28.7 if his option is picked up next season. Woj and Lowe mentioned the Dallas Mavericks as a potential landing spot for Drummond if the Pistons decide to part ways. They could work Drummond in at center with Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic to create a very interesting three-headed monster in the Western Conference.

Ultimately, it would be a bad move for Detroit, which is 11-15 and currently on the outside of the playoff race. But let’s be real, the Pistons don’t have anything more than playoff aspirations. They aren’t making a run at the Finals, let alone the second round of the postseason. So it may be wise for them to just cut the cord, acquire some additional assets to boost a rebuild.

If Drumm is traded, in terms of fantasy basketball, Blake Griffin would become a very appealing name if he can stay healthy. I’d also think Christian Wood will be showcased a lot more in the Pistons’ lineup as one of the lone young players with promise on the team. Markieff Morris could also pop up in trade talks, though he wouldn’t be a bad fantasy option if he sticks on the team.