Drummond seems blindsided by the trade to Cleveland.
Andre Drummond is a Detroit Piston no more, as the organization opted to . We’ve heard that the Pistons were open to moving Drummond for weeks now, but it appears that the two-time All Star was completely blindsided by today’s events.
Immediately after the deal was confirmed, Drummond offered the following thoughts on twitter:
“If there’s one thing I learned about the NBA, there’s no friends or loyalty. I’ve given my heart and soul to the Pistons , and to be have this happen with no heads up makes me realize even more that this is just a business! I love you Detroit… you will always have a special place in my heart! But on to the next @cavs hope your ready! Let’s finish the year off the right way.”
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According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Drummond was expected to turn down his $28M player option after this season, but it seems like Detroit didn’t even want to risk the chance that he’d be on their books for another year. As a result, they flipped him to Cleveland in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson and a future second-round pick.
The Pistons, who drafted Drummond ninth overall out of UConn in the 2012 NBA Draft, currently rank 10th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 19-34. The eighth-year center is averaging 17.8 points, 15.8 rebounds and 2 steals per game.