The Atlanta Hawks are headed to another losing season and lottery pick. The Detroit Pistons have underachieved, and Andre Drummond could be on the trading block. As a Hawks fan, we need a big man on the block to command the middle. Drummond is averaging almost 18 points and nearly 16 rebounds a game for Detroit. We heard the reports from yesterday that the Hawks are interested in trading for Andre Drummond. It feels like Drummond been in the league forever, but he’s only 26-years-old. Drummond’s contract is through the 2020-21 season where he’s owed over $28.75 million dollars. The Hawks will have ample amount of money for the 2021 free agents where they could sign two max players. The big question is, will the Hawks pull the trigger on the Drummond trade? Would this be a good trade for the Hawks?
Why Atlanta Need to Trade for Drummond?
The Atlanta Hawks could use an All-Star commanding the middle of this team. With Drummond, this would give John Collins much needed help on the boards. We also look at the defensive help Collins would get with the addition of Drummond. Drummond would be an upgrade from Alex Len and Damian Jones, but Len has become a stretch center. Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter and D’Andre Hunter with Drummond would be a nice starting lineup. If the experiment doesn’t work, the Hawks would only have him for a year and a half. With Drummond having an expiring contract next season, he could be traded again. Atlanta has a lot of expiring contracts now, plus some first round picks at their exposal.
Why Atlanta Shouldn’t Do It?
Trust me, Atlanta could use an established, big man in the middle. Unfortunately, Andre Drummond isn’t that guy for the Hawks. In this day and age, the big guy has to stretch the floor and have a nice shot. Andre Drummond is an old-school big man because he’s really effective in the paint. The NBA have guys like Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis and Joell Embiid who can dominate in the middle and stretch the floor. The addition of Drummond would be fun, especially having Trae Young at point guard. If Detroit were to take contracts like Allen Crabbe, Chandler Parsons or an Evan Turner. If the Pistons do trade Drummond, they’re likely would want some draft pick compensation.
Andre Drummond is one of the more talented big guys in the league. Like I’ve mentioned, Detroit will ask for some veteran, expiring contracts which the Hawks have. The Pistons will also want draft picks, which the Hawks do have. I’m not ready to ditch draft picks for someone we could have for a season or a little longer. The Hawks also have guys like Kevin Huerter, D’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish that Detroit would also like. Trae Young has been adamant that he wants help in Atlanta, and this could be a knee jerk reaction. I’ll say that the Hawks need to pass on Drummond and continue their building through the draft.