Reports: Cavs will no longer play center Andre Drummond while seeking trade for him before deadline

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Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 13:04:03-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers are planing to keep center Andre Drummond on the bench while the team attempts to find a trade for him before the deadline in March, according to multiple reports.

According to reports, the decision to keep Drummond inactive for games is part of the transition to see recently acquired center Jarrett Allen take on the role as the Cavs long-term starter at the position.

Drummond did not play on Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers after the team kept him out for rest, and while he was on the sideline, the center came out almost tellingly wearing a sweater that said "farewell" on the front.

As the team searches the market for a trade for Drummond, the center will reportedly remain with the team.

The Cavs will have until March 25 at 3 p.m., the NBA trade deadline, to deal Drummond.

Cleveland acquired Drummond near the trade deadline last year. In exchange for the two-time All-Star, the Cavaliers sent Brandon Knight, John Henson and a second-round pick to the Detroit Pistons. Drummond exercised his his $28.7 million contract option in November to stay with the team this season.

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