The NBA Trade Deadline is on March 25 and there’s one thing the Washington Wizards want to let you know: Bradley Beal is not available. (Sorry Osman and Marcus!)
Still, they are looking at other ways to improve, including signing free agents who agree to a buyout with their current teams. According to Fred Katz and David Aldridge of The Athletic (paywall), the Wizards are “keeping an eye” on Cleveland Cavaliers center Andre Drummond.
They would not be willing to trade for Drummond (since he is getting paid $28.75 million!!!) of course. But if Drummond were on the open market, the Wizards could offer more than a veteran’s minimum since they have a disabled player exception of about $4.2 million after Thomas Bryant suffered his knee injury.
Drummond is averaging 17.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season before getting sidelined so the Cavs could try to trade him. He would be a big help for Washington, but he’d likely be a half-season rental and it’s not like the Wizards’ playoff chances look that good anyway. Therefore, Drummond would probably play elsewhere if he were bought out.