Why We Should Have Traded for Andre Drummond
As the trade deadline passed during the week, by far the most interesting franchise fuelled by rumors was the Celtics. With their huge bundle of assets and already promising roster, there's no wonder why major publications have been all over The C's this past couple of weeks. However like previous deadlines, Danny Ainge went and done a Danny Ainge and sat on top of his precious assets, without making a move, leaving the large Celtics faithful on Twitter quite bewildered as to why. They currently sit 2nd in the East, behind a highly vulnerable Cavaliers side who could be there for the taking, however there still seems to be a few missing pieces to what could be a serious title challenger for years to come. So who should Danny Ainge of targeted, who's that one name that could've propelled the C's forwards in the second half of the regular season?
We all know rebounding has been a problem this season, with 6ft 2 Avery Bradley leading the Celtics in rebounds averaging 6.9pg. Which is miraculous seeing as 4x All-Star Center Al Horford was brought in to be the main defensive big. Nether the less, i feel the ideal go to guy they should've traded for is Andre Drummond of the Pistons. The 23 year old is second in the NBA in rebounding, averaging 13.8, as well as a shooting 52% from the field. The stats bode well for a great fit for Brad Stevens's Men, as well as his personal accolades like being the leagues rebounding leader in 2016 and making the all-NBA Third Team last season. He's achieved a lot already in his short career, yet he has the ability to improve greatly as a player and to potentially lead the franchise to that prestigious 18th banner.
Initially it's not the most attractive option to go for seeing as they've been linked with huge names like Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. The PG13 talks went further than most expected, however the Nets 2017 pick was never going to be put in place. However at the current time and situation Boston find themselves in, it's more about what they need than what they want, that being a guy who can keep LeBron James's Cavaliers outfit at bay in the Eastern Conference Finals. So what would be enough to land Drummond in Beantown? Either one of Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and possibly Kelly Olynk, who's contract is up in the summer and they'd be very Center heavy. Throw in a 2nd round pick and that could land one of the best defensive bigs in the league, and another piece to the up and coming Boston Celtics.