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Dallas Mavericks: Will Andre Drummond be bought out?

Dallas Mavericks Andre Drummond (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Mavericks are active in trade talks. They have underperformed this season and continue to search for avenues to upgrade their roster. Mavs fans have seen the Kristaps Porzingis rumors floating around in recent days.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported (subscription required) that the Mavs would be interested in acquiring Andre Drummond if he was bought out. The Cavaliers removed him from the rotation to give additional minutes to Jarrett Allen. Drummond has not played since Feb. 12, but no trade has taken place.

The market for Drummond is limited by his contract and on-court impact. Will the 27-year-old big man be bought out if the Cavs fail to find a trade partner? Are the Mavericks the team that signs him? Let us take a closer look at the situation.

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Andre Drummond to be bought out? Will Dallas Mavericks sign him?

Drummond is in the final season of a five-year max deal signed back in 2016. He is set to make $28.7 million in 2020-2021. Remember, the Cavaliers acquired Drummond just before the deadline in 2020 for a second-round pick. Cleveland would love to trade the two-time All-Star, but can they find a partner? Expect the Cavs to continue searching until the March 25 deadline.

If a trade cannot be agreed to, expect the organization to buyout Andre Drummond and let him finish the season with a contender. How likely is Drummond to be bought out? Will the Dallas Mavericks win the race to sign the All-Star big man? Here is a look at the odds.

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