The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in a familiar place at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. As a result, the team is yet again trying to sell off players to acquire assets for the future. The Cavaliers were able to snag a solid young center in Jarrett Allen as part of the James Harden four-team trade. Now, the team is looking to deal veteran Andre Drummond, who has been sitting out games awaiting a deal.
The Chicago Bulls have had preliminary talks with the Cavaliers on Drummond, per The Athletic. The Bulls are looking to get back to the postseason under new head coach Billy Donovan. Chicago hasn’t made the playoffs in three seasons. The Bulls have a slew of young assets in Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, Wendell Carter Jr., Patrick Williams and Daniel Gafford. The team also has a few expiring contracts in Garrett Temple and Cristiano Felicio.
The Bulls adding Drummond and trading away a young asset or two doesn’t make much sense. The team has a solid young center in Wendell Carter Jr. and Drummond is very one-dimensional. Drummond is also making around $28M, though it’s on an expiring. This is the other issue. It’s essentially a rental. Maybe if the Bulls give up one asset and an expiring or something, sure. This doesn’t really seem like it’ll happen. Markkanen will be back as well as Otto Porter as some point. They should be able to help the Bulls in the playoff push.