Chris Haynes, in tweets and an appearance to NBA on TNT, says the Nets are in the mix for two buyout candidates, the Cavs’ Andre Drummond, as has been reported, as well as the Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge.
Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, was more definitive about Aldridge than Drummond when laying out via Twitter who the two big men will talk with via video conference in the coming days...
Yahoo Sources: LaMarcus Aldridge will have conversations with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets before deciding on his next destination.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 26, 2021
In discussing Drummond, Haynes initially did not include Brooklyn is his list of possibilities, tweeting...
Yahoo Sources: Andre Drummond will listen to pitches from the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Charlotte Hornets.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 26, 2021
However in discussing the two players in an appearance on “NBA on TNT,” Haynes said that he had heard that the Nets are a possibility for the 6’10” Drummond...
Specifically, he said...
“He has five teams to pick from, Those teams he’s going to talk to during this process is going to be the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and the Charlotte Hornets. Now Andre Drummond, he could go in the West with the Lakers where he’s been linked to for a while and help him shore up that spot We also heard about the Brooklyn Nets over there with KD.”
Haynes did not indicate whether Kevin Durant would be involved in any pitch for Drummond.
Before the trade deadline, Adrian Wojnarowski said the Nets certainly had interest in Drummond.
“Both LA teams are expected to have great interest, the Brooklyn Nets, of course, they’re trying to gather up every former great player in the buyout market,” said Woj, adding that the Celtics and Mavericks are also “teams to watch.”
The Nets did sign the buyout player with the most extensive resume, Blake Griffin, nearly three weeks ago. They currently have one open roster spot and two exceptions, the Spencer Dinwiddie DPE at $5.7 million and the taxplayers MLE at more than $4 million. The Lakers and Clippers can’t offer more than the vets minimum and the Knicks with their $13.5 million of cap space could offer Drummond a lucrative long-term contract.
- Lakers, Clippers, Hornets among five in mix for Andre Drummond - Sam Amico - Forty-Eight Minutes.
- Where do the Nets go after a quiet trade deadline? Analyzing the best fits on the buyout market - Alex Schiffer - The Athletic New York
- NBA buyout market: Otto Porter, LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond and 15 other names to watch - John Hollinger - The Athletic NBA
- Knicks and Nets still in play for Andre Drummond, who will be bought out by Cavaliers - Scott Thompson - SNY
- Three things to know: Aldridge (Miami?), Drummond (Lakers?) headline buyout class - Kurt Helin - NBC Sports