KEY POINTS

  • Andre Drummond is averaging 17.6 points and 15.9 rebounds for the Pistons
  • Reports say that the New York Knicks are also interested in getting the services of Drummond
  • Sources revealed that Frank Ntilikina is on the Pistons’ wish list

Looks like the Detroit Pistons are ready to let go of their long-time big man to cop one of the players they’ve been longing to bring to Motor City.

Reports from the Detroit Free Press revealed that the Pistons reached out to the New York Knicks about a possible trade involving their veteran center Andre Drummond. Detroit, in return, is interested in getting Knicks’ rising star Julius Randle and point guard Frank Ntilikina, a player who reportedly is on the wish list of the Pistons.

The proposal could both benefit both teams as it was previously reported that New York also inquired about getting the services of the 26-year old Drummond per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Drummond picked 11th by the Pistons in 2012 NBA Draft, has been a steady force at the center spot and has built a reputation of being a big-time rebounder. He’s been averaging 17.6 points, 15.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks in 37 games for coach Dwayne Casey.

There are previous reports that the Pistons could have already shipped the 6-foot-10 big man to Atlanta but the latter isn’t willing to put a first-round pick on the table other than the expiring contracts that they are offering to the Hawks.

Randle, who is on his third team after being picked seventh overall in 2014, has been giving New York a glimpse of brilliance at the forward spot. He’s been averaging 18.5 points, 9,1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. In their 124-121 win against the Miami Heat, the 25-year old Randle poured 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, added eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 33 minutes.

Ntilikina, the Knicks’ eighth pick in 2017, is turning to be a defensive-minded guard for New York. He’s not a big-time scorer – only scored in double digits seven times in 37 games played – but is doing his job on the defensive end. He’s averaging 6.2 points, 3.2 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals and the Pistons believe that the guard from France just needs a change of scenery to unleash his full potential.