• The Knicks could gamble and trade multiple players and a pick to the Cavs for Andre Drummond
  • Drummond could lighten the load of Julius Randle
  • The Knicks could wait for a buyout before taking a chance on Drummond

Time is running out for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are waiting for offers for Andre Drummond. Though some think a buyout is bound to be the end result, pundits feel that there are clubs who may jump the gun to get their hands on the 27-year-old center.

The New York Knicks have $17 million cap space available, notable money that can help cover the roughly $29 million salary of Drummond. To make up for the balance, some names head coach Tom Thibodeau could dangle include Frank Ntilikina, Reggie Bullock and Ignas Brazdeikis. This potential NBA trade scenario was suggested by Sam Amico via FortyEightMinutes.

The Cavs could also send a 2023 second-round pick to make it all work. Would this be a feasible deal to consider?

For the Cavs, it would work, especially if they are looking for added firepower. The three names are notable three-point shot artists whom head coach J.B. Bickerstaff could put to good use.

As for the Knicks, adding Drummond could take a load off rising star Julius Randle. Seeing as how the two-time All-Star is a good double-double machine, inserting him at the frontline of Thibodeau’s squad should boost the Knicks’ redemption drive.

Before he was taken out of the lineup, Drummond played in 25 games, averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 28.9 minutes of action.

However, taking in Drummond still comes with a risk. The 6-foot-10 player will be a free agent in the offseason, and there is no assurance that he will re-sign with the Gotham-based squad. It is a dilemma that prospective teams are facing aside from the hefty salary owed to him this 2020-21 NBA season.

This is a reason why most teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors prefer to wait for a buyout than a direct trade before the March 25 deadline.

The Knicks could do the same, although their chances of adding Drummond may get lower. With nothing to lose, Drummond is likely to be signed on a minimum deal and settle for an NBA ring before worrying about a lucrative contract. Although the Knicks have been amazing this season, not too many are expecting them to reach the NBA Finals.

 Andre Drummond #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers Getty Images | Harrison Barden