Cavaliers to explore offers for Andre Drummond ahead of the trade deadline, per report

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Andre Drummond will be one of the most sought after players ahead of the trade deadline in March. The Cleveland Cavaliers would like to keep the veteran center, but his asking price is expected to be out of their range in a potential contract extension, per Chris Fedor of cleveland.com.

Drummond’s current contract ends at the end of the 2020-21 season, with the All-Star being expected to ask for a multiyear deal at a price higher than the $28.75 million he’s making this season.

“In a perfect world, the Cavs keep both Drummond and Allen, giving the organization a pair of defensive anchors and 48 minutes of elite center play, protecting the undersized backcourt and continuing the ascent at that end of the floor.

The Cavs would be willing to keep Drummond – at the right price. But, the current internal belief is he will want more than they’d be willing to offer, which will have them fielding trade offers ahead of the March 25 deadline.”

Drummond is having a great season so far with the Cleveland Cavaliers anchoring the team’s defense and covering for a weak perimeter in the defensive end.

Coming off a monster performance against the Knicks, Drummond is averaging 19.3 points, 15.8 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per 32.2 minutes in 12 games this season.

After being part of the James Harden’s blockbuster trade, Cleveland has three starting-caliber centers in its front-court rotation with Allen, Drummond, and McGee with the latter two being on expiring deals.