Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond was at a crossroads of sorts last June after finishing an underwhelming 2016-17 season. A team expected to take a step from playoff qualifier to contender in Stan Van Gundy's third year as coach and czar instead found itself outside of the playoffs. Rather than come up with creative ways for the Pistons to return to prominence, Van Gundy was listening to trade calls on draft night as Drummond's name had quietly been in the rumor mill for several weeks. Drummond, whose free-throw struggles were a main reason why Van Gundy entertained trade conversations, wanted answers on draft night. "He got upset with the trade rumors," Van Gundy told B/R. "What I told him at the time, it was the Sacramento trade rumor and it was the night of the draft, so I remember he was here for the draft. I told him, this one's not happening." Sacramento offered a package involving Willie Cauley-Stein and Arron Afflalo, according to league sources. But the Pistons turned the deal down and it never reached a stage where they seriously considered moving him—for that package, anyway.
The Detroit Pistons Can Finally Trust Andre Drummond
Bleacher Report | Nov 17