Per reports, the Chicago Bulls have inquired about Cleveland Cavaliers’ center Andre Drummond. This latest development was confirmed in an article by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Bulls are missing a big body down low that can make life a bit more difficult for larger centers such as Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic. Now, adding Drummond does not stop those two players from dominating the game as both of them are legitimate MVP candidates, but it could make their life a tad more tricky in the paint.
The Bulls currently rank 15th on the boards at 52.0 rebounds per game. Adding Drummond would surely help them move up that list. The two-time All-Star is averaging 17.5 PPG, 13.5 RPG, and 1.2 BPG in 25 games this season with the Cavaliers. Drummond has been inactive with the Cavilers since February 14th as they work to trade him.
Details regarding what it may take to pull of this trade have not surfaced as of yet. Perhaps a straight-up trade sending Otto Porter Jr. to Cleveland for Drummond would be feasabile. Porter Jr. has been dealing with nagging injuries and probably doesn’t have a future in Chicago. The Cavaliers could benefit by acquiring a veteran wing for their young squad. If the Bulls acquire Drummond, they would be adding an elite offensive rebounder (four offensive rebounds per game) and a veteran big to possibly mentor the slew of young players on their roster.
Once again, today’s reports only mention the Bulls interest — nothing on hypothetical packages. It will be interesting to see what the new regime does at the deadline. Will the Bulls be buyers or sellers?