The Knicks have to do what now? Trade for Pistons center Andre Drummond?
That’s what Shams Charania reported for Stadium on Friday. He talked about New York has inquired about Drummond, who’s on the block as a result of the Pistons languish near the underside of the Eastern Conference.
But, it is attainable you will say, don’t the Knicks already have 15 enormous males on their roster? You’d be exaggerating barely, nevertheless, they do have a surplus of vitality forwards and amenities, although they principally fall beneath the 26-year-old Drummond, who’s averaging 17.8 elements, 16.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks.
Let’s tease out from Charania’s report how a trade might work:
— The Pistons, it’s believed, want the first-round draft picks or youthful players for Drummond. Charania notes the Knicks have three first-round options over the next two drafts nevertheless are “in no rush” to half with them.
The Knicks even have “young players,” nevertheless most of them aren’t being showcased on account of the doorway office has insisted on collaborating in these bigs in a failed attempt to make the Knicks a playoff crew. RJ Barrett is being force-fed minutes as a rookie, nevertheless, Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson, Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr. and Allonzo Trier have been getting spotty minutes, at most interesting.
— Detroit wouldn’t have to take once more “long-term salary,” which would seem to take vitality forward Julius Randle, who’s throughout the first 12 months of a three-year contract, off the desk. Forward Marcus Morris (making $15 million this season) can flip right into a free agent in July, nevertheless, he’s inquisitive about re-signing and the Knicks are signaling they’d want to ship him once more, Charania well-known. The completely different veteran short-timers on the roster are Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Elfrid Payton, Reggie Bullock, and Wayne Ellington. Their 2020-21 salaries are each nonguaranteed or partially assured.
Drummond, a New York native, would himself characterize a short-term play for the Knicks, who’re 10-29 after a home loss Friday to the Pelicans. He has solely a participant risk for the 2020-21 season remaining after this season, at a healthful $28.75 million. He’s making $27 million in 2019-20.
Given all of that, it’s sensible that Charania reported trade discussions have not gained any traction.