The NBA can be very unpredictable, especially in the weeks before the trade deadline.
This year’s deadline arrives on February 6, so there’s still plenty of time for unexpected deals to emerge, and for rebuilding teams like the Knicks to offload players and acquire assets for the future, but Steve Mills and Scott Perry might have other ideas.
According to a report from Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Knicks have inquired with the Pistons about the availability of Andre Drummond. Charania adds that New York is “hesitant” to make any move for the big man, who is in the last year of a five-year contract with Detroit that is worth around $127 million.
As the league has evolved, Drummond has not been able to adapt and shoot the three-pointer as other big men have. It can also be an issue for the 26-year-old to stay on the floor at the end of games due to his poor free throw percentage. He is one of the last true centers left in the NBA.
If this trade does happen, it will likely not be well received by Knicks fans. The franchise is still mired in a frustrating rebuild and only has a very small chance of making the playoffs this year. The expectation was that the Knicks would be sellers at the deadline, but that might not be the plan if Mills and Perry are really at risk of being fired.
Adding Drummond to the mix might stifle the development of Mitchell Robinson, or it could result in Robinson being a part of the package going to Detroit. And there's no guarantee that Drummond would even want to sign with the Knicks when he becomes a free agent in the summer.