The Cleveland Cavaliers made a big play on NBA Trade Deadline day, acquiring center Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. The Cavs now have three big bodies in the front court and are taking on Drummond’s massive contract, which has a player option for next season. Let’s go through trade grades for both the Pistons and Cavaliers.
Obviously, Cleveland is not a contender this season. This team isn’t going to come close to sniffing the playoffs and adding Andre Drummond isn’t going to change that. Still, I think there is value in this move. The Cavs gave up almost nothing for Drummond, who could potentially become a free agent after this season. He has a player option left on his contract after this season and the Cavaliers are getting a free look at what he could look like on this team. This is a trial period to see if it might make sense to sign him to a long term contract. If Drummond fits well with this roster, Cleveland could offer him an extension after the season. If the chemistry doesn’t work, the Cavs left him walk and nothing of value was lost in the process.
Grade — A
Is this really all the Pistons could get in a deal for Drummond? He isn’t the ideal fit in the modern NBA and his archetype is clearly outdate, but he’s still a contributing player. Drummond is a two-time All Star, averaging 17.8 points and 15.8 rebounds per game. In return, Detroit got a second round pick, John Henson and Brandon Knight. Clearly, nobody was all that interested in acquiring Drummond and it’s hard to fault the Pistons for moving him. He was almost certainly leaving in the offseason and they wanted to get something in return for their All-Star center, but what they got might as well have been nothing. The Pistons picked up what the Cavaliers found between their couch cushions.