According to ESPN.com's Zach Lowe, the Detroit Pistons have quietly been taking calls on big man Andre Drummond and guard Reggie Jackson. At 26-30 and 8th in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons are in a sticky situation. They can either add at the deadline and try to make an unrealistic run in the playoffs, or they can sell off a couple pieces and prepare for next season.
At 23 years old, the #9 overall pick in the draft was selected to his first All Star Game last season and has put together yet another strong season. Drummond is averaging 14.7 points per game and 13.9 points per game, while also shooting 43.9 percent from the free throw line, which is a career-best.
Now, the big question, especially in Boston, is could the Celtics be interested?
Well, in short, I hope so.
I am on the fence about Drummond. Sure, he is a superstar, but at the same time I am not sure if he fits the mold for a typical big man in a Brad Stevens coached offense. Looking at the likes of Kelly Olynyk, it has become apparent that Stevens wants a big man that can spread the floor, handle the basketball, and make shots from the perimeter. Unfortunately, Drummond is not that type of player. He is that old school center that will eat up rebounds, have massive put backs, and block shots. He is athletic and can run the floor, but I would not feel comfortable having him handling the ball late in the game.
On the other hand, the Celtics have had Amir Johnson in their starting lineup more often than not this season. Essentially, Andre Drummond is a better version of Amir Johnson. But of course, it always comes down to the price. The Pistons will almost undoubtedly ask for a Brooklyn Nets pick, and if I am the Celtics, I think long and hard about that. The Celtics could get Jimmy Butler or Paul George using one of those picks and would have to find that superstar in the draft, rather than a proven product.
Danny Ainge certainly has his work cut out for him and I am eager to see what he does.