New York Knicks rumors: Team could pursue Andre Drummond trade

Los Angeles Lakers favored to land Andre Drummond
Feb 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; LA Clippers center Serge Ibaka (9) knocks the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) in the third quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

With the team clearly in playoff contention, New York Knicks rumors will continue to fly over the next month leading up to the NBA trade deadline about more notable deals.

It was earlier this month that New York acquired former MVP Derrick Rose from the Detroit Pistons for pennies on the dollar. He’s worked out pretty well for the upstart team.

As the Knicks attempt to find a happy medium between playoff contention in 2020-21 and long-term relevance around the league, president Leon Rose will be active over the next month. That could include bringing in another former All-Star player from a conference rival.

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New York Knicks could pursue Andre Drummond trade

Los Angeles Lakers, Andre Drummond
Feb 8, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) shoots over Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

“According to an NBA source who has been in touch with the Knicks, the club has made no decisions, but are ‘analyzing’ whether making a play for on-the-block Cavaliers center Andre Drummond makes sense from a chemistry and winning standpoint,” Marc Berman of the NY Post noted.

A two-time All-Star performer, Drummond is currently wasting away on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ bench as they look to find a trade partner for the impending free agent.

Prior to being benched, the center was averaging 17.3 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Statistically speaking, these would represent career-best numbers for the four-time NBA rebounding champion.

New York could certainly use some more beef in the low-post. Mitchell Robinson is out at least through the NBA All-Star Break after undergoing hand surgery. Nerlens Noel leaves a lot to be desired behind him in the rotation.

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New York Knicks rumors: How might an Andre Drummond trade look?

2021 NBA free agents: Andre Drummond
Feb 3, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond (3) rebounds in the first quarter against the LA Clippers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

New York has a ton of flexibility. Even after the above-mentioned Derrick Rose trade, the team is currently $17 million under the cap. This means roughly $11.6 million would have to head back to the Cavaliers in a hypothetical Andre Drummond trade.

It remains to be seen what the market is for Drummond right now. While his stats are great, there’s limitations on both ends of the court. He struggles with switches on defense and is not the greatest pick-and-roll big man in the game. Hence, the limited return the Detroit Pistons received when dealing Drummond to Cleveland at the NBA trade deadline last season.

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With that said, he fits what the Knicks are looking to do. The combination of bringing in veteran players and meshing them with talented youngsters. Something like this could work for both the rebuilding Cavaliers and the Knicks.

  • Knicks get: Andre Drummond and JaVale McGee
  • Cavaliers gets: Frank Ntilikina, Kevin Knox, Nerlens Noel and two future second-round picks

We already know that the Knicks’ new front office is attempting to move off the two first-round busts from the previous regime in Ntilikina and Knox.

Neither one would fetch a whole heck of a lot in separate trades given their track records. For the Cavaliers, this would represent an ability to bring in two former high picks in hopes that a change of scenery helps. They also get two second-round picks.

As for New York, its center position would be completely revamped with Drummond and another solid veteran big man in JaVale McGee. It almost makes too much sense.

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