Will an Andre Drummond buyout open the door for the Dallas Mavericks to sign him?
The current salary cap climate in the NBA improves the chances that Drummond will be a buyout candidate. Every contending team is over the cap with 18 teams triggering the hard cap this year. 27 of the 30 teams would have to match Drummond’s $28.7 million in the deal. That makes little sense for a contender because it forces them to give up a key high-salary piece or multiple rotation players.
Drummond’s contributions do not outweigh the potential losses. The 27-year-old big man averages 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game this season, but his field goal percentage is a career-low 47.4 percent. His defense is a worry too. The Cavaliers had a defensive rating of 113.2 with Drummond on the floor, but 111.6 when he is on the bench.
Finding a partner willing to part with over $28 million in salaries will be difficult. The Cavaliers are unlikely to get any significant return for Drummond, which further opens the door for a buyout.
Odds Cleveland Cavaliers buyout Andre Drummond: 75 percent
Things are leaning hard towards a buyout, but will the Dallas Mavericks be the team to sign Andre Drummond after he hits free agency?
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