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Report: Knicks have inquired about Andre Drummond

There is a potentially surprising entry in the Andre Drummond sweepstakes, at least according to a report.

According to Shams Charania of Stadium, the New York Knicks have inquired about the Detroit Pistons center. However, talks have failed to gain any traction. The Pistons are seeking up to two first-round picks or young players for Drummond, while the Knicks are not eager to part with any such assets. The Pistons are also uninterested in taking on long-term salary as part of a deal, further complicating talks.

Drummond is averaging a career-best 17.8 points and 16.2 rebounds in 2019-20.

What is clear is that Drummond is available if anyone is willing to pay the price. The Pistons are well aware that he’s likely to opt out of his $28 million player option for 2020-21, so it would make sense to try to get something for him. The Pistons are just starting to move toward a place where they’ll have free cap space moving forward, so it’s also understandable why they’re so reluctant to take on money, even if it nets them a better return. Drummond’s situation is well worth watching in the weeks to come, as he’s a huge asset who could help someone a lot while changing the direction of the Pistons franchise.

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