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Andre Drummond reaches buyout deal with Cleveland Cavaliers

Feb 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3), center, stands in the huddle during a timeout in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 19, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3), center, stands in the huddle during a timeout in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

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In 624 career games (573 starts), he is averaging 14.6 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.

–Field Level Media