With trade rumors swirling before Thursday’s deadline, ESPN’s Marc Stein has highlighted Detroit’s willingness to engage in talks surrounding Andre Drummond’s future with the team. According to the report, a source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Trail Blazers contacted the Pistons about the center’s availability.
One league source told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the Portland Trail Blazers called to inquire about Drummond but quickly abandoned their interest when Detroit asked for Blazers guard C.J. McCollum in return. The Blazers, sources told Shelburne, regard McCollum as an untouchable.
It appears that President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey is still in the business of adding talent to the frontcourt, according to Shelburne’s source. Portland’s unwillingness to include McCollum in a trade also sheds some light on Olshey’s intentions moving forward in trade discussions.
Stein goes on to reveal that the Blazers aren’t the only team interested in acquiring Drummond.
Sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst, meanwhile, that the Pistons and Toronto Raptors have also had exploratory Drummond discussions.
Detroit’s main focus will likely revolve around finding a new home for point guard Reggie Jackson, but it looks like they are willing to listen to a multitude of offers. Getting equal value for Drummond might be a complicated endeavor for the Pistons, as the market for big men appears to be overly saturated.
Trade deadline on the horizon? Here are some options worth noting.Posted by Blazer's Edge on Thursday, January 12, 2017