Cavs, Andre Drummond exploring possible long-term extension

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly exploring viable options in order to offer a long-term contract to Andre Drummond, per Evan Dammarell of Forbes.

Drummond intends to pick up his player option and remain in Cleveland for one more season. The NBA All-Star is due to receive $28.7 million for the 2020-21 season.

“The real issue lies in the fact that both Cleveland and Drummond have begun exploring a possible long term extension, per league sources. Now, the Cavaliers obviously won’t be offering Drummond anything close to a maximum contract – traditional big men like him are a dinosaur in today’s NBA. But, it will still be a substantial offer for a former two-time All-Star and arguably the best rebounder in the NBA. Something in the ballpark of $20 million annually for Drummond seems like a realistic number for his services.”

In eight games with Cleveland following his trade from the Detroit Pistons, Drummond averaged 17.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.