Veteran center Andre Drummond agreed to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become a free agent, The Athletic reported Friday.
The two-time All-Star and four-time NBA rebounding champion has been sitting out since Feb. 12 while the Cavs unsuccessfully attempted to find a trade partner before Thursday’s deadline.
Drummond, 27, averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 games this season.
The Cavaliers acquired Drummond in February 2020 from the Detroit Pistons for John Henson, Brandon Knight and a 2023 second-round pick.
Drummond played in eight games for the Cavaliers last year before the season was suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic in March, and Cleveland didn’t qualify to resume in the NBA bubble near Orlando last summer.
After the season, he exercised the $28.75 million option on a five-year, $127.2 million deal he signed with Detroit in July 2016.
In 624 career games (573 starts), he is averaging 14.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.
–Field Level Media