• The Dallas Mavericks join the race for Andre Drummond
  • Drummond has the luxury to choose where he will end up
  • The Lakers, Nets and Knicks remain linked to Drummond

The NBA trade deadline is days away, and there is no telling if any blockbuster deal is happening.

Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers is eagerly waiting, hoping that he can finally return to action in a new uniform. Based on recent reports, the Dallas Mavericks appear to be serious in their pursuit of the 6-foot-10 center.

In an update from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Dallas has allegedly held talks with Cleveland about potentially acquiring the All-Star center.

Most know that Drummond owns a hefty $28.75 million deal season and is due to become a free agent in the offseason. The Cavs want at least a second-round pick as part of any trade involving Drummond.

The trade deadline is on March 25, but no team has pitched anything to the Cavaliers. The consensus is that most are waiting for the club to buy out the ninth overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.

It is possible that Dallas held talks to gain some sort of advantage. However, it would not be surprising to learn if other teams may have done something similar.

Drummond has a long line of NBA teams waiting to try and sign him if he is bought out. Among the teams linked to the New York native include the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

Of those three teams, the Lakers loom as the team that could use Drummond right now.

Los Angeles has been trying to survive without its top stars such as Anthony Davis and LeBron James. Both are injured although pundits feel that both will be back before the NBA playoffs kick off.

The Nets, like the Lakers, do not have the financial flexibility with a souped-up squad. Brooklyn already took in Blake Griffin after he was bought out, and they are expected to try and do the same with Drummond.

The Knicks were also mentioned as a plausible landing spot and believed to be a team that could hand Drummond a long-term deal.

However, the landscape has changed with Mitchell Robinson back in the lineup. Nevertheless, New York could still try and explore possibly getting Drummond.

Once bought out, only Drummond has the power to decide where he will play next. A sensible decision is to join a contender and then worry about his financial future in the offseason.

If he joins a team that wins an NBA title, his stock will undoubtedly be higher and allow him to command a more lucrative deal.

Andre Drummond #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Jason Miller