It appears that the Brooklyn Nets’ big three could eventually turn into a fantastic four.
Zach Harper of The Athletic reported on Wednesday that multiple league sources believe it is “only a matter of time” before Cleveland Cavaliers big man Andre Drummond joins the Nets following the James Harden trade. The move would be contingent upon Drummond securing a buyout from the Cavs. He is on an expiring contract, owed $28.75 million this season.
Drummond, is a two-time All-Star, a one-time All-NBA selection, and four-time NBA rebounding champ, topping the league every year but one since 2016. This year, he’s averaging 18.7 points, 14.6 rebounds —second in the NBA, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 30 minutes per game.
The Cavaliers might not be interested in buying out Drummond’s contract if the team continues to play well. The team is currently 8th in the Eastern Conference. If the Cavaliers fall out of playoff contention soon, then the team might be inclined to buy out Drummond.
A Drummond and Deandre Jordan frontline would instantly fix some of the Nets’ defensive issues. Expect the Nets to keep a very close eye on everything in Cleveland for the foreseeable future.