July 8, 2020, 11:33 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond had a rocky transition after moving to the Cavs in 2019-20, but not before putting up a solid first half of season with the Pistons as top-20 player in 8-cat and a top-30 player in 9-cat per-game value, thanks to his 15.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks per game on .532 shooting.
Drummond, as expected, saw a significant slip in value after moving to the Cavs at the trade deadline. The presence of big men Tristan Thompon, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. provided Drummond with ample competition for minutes. Aside from that, Drummond also dealt with a left calf strain that didn't do his fantasy value any favors. He's already stated that he intends to exercise his player option for the next season, but given the Cavs' developmental shift in direction, he's someone you can expect to see with a lot of valuation volatility heading into 2020-21.
July 8, 2020, 4:50 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson was able to hang on to 134/158 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues after a strong start to the year and finished the season averaging 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.8 turnovers while shooting .512 from the field and .615 from the charity stripe in 30.2 mpg.
Thompson was a great player to select at the ends of drafts as he was able to produce top-95 value in 8/9-cat leagues in the first 19 games of the season. He is an unrestricted free agent and it would be surprising to see the Cavs bring him back as they already have Kevin Love, Larry Nance and Andre Drummond ($28.75 player option) signed in the frontcourt.
June 23, 2020, 1:55 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond confirmed that he will exercise his player option for next season.
It's a no-brainer, as Drummond will now lock himself into $28.7 million next year. "I definitely will be in Cleveland," said the big man. Drummond's fantasy value tanked after he was traded to the Cavs, as although he finished with top-110/70 value (8/9-cat), he also spent a few weeks outside the top-150 as his minutes plummeted. A calf injury certainly didn't help matters, but Drummond averaged 28.1 minutes, 17.5 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.6 turnovers per game with Cleveland, also going .547 from the field and .513 from the line in eight appearances. Not bad, but a far cry from the top-15 numbers Drummond pumped out with ease in Detroit — and some of these numbers were compiled while the team was shorthanded, too. We'll see if the Cavs decide to make a deal, as their frontcourt is looking pretty jammed with Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. around, plus the possibility that the team re-signs Tristan Thompson this summer. If the Cavs bring back the whole crew it could be a frustrating fantasy situation, but we're a long ways off from those conversations.
April 24, 2020, 3:44 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond was noncommital when asked about picking up his player option to stay with the Cavs next season.
Drummond was asked about what he was leaning towards during a long interview and basically took a pass on the entire subject. Nonetheless, Drummond is well aware that he has a player worth a significant sum, $28.7 million to be exact, and with the salary cap due for a reduction it is hard to imagine Drummond fetching that kind of dough as a free agent. The Cavs are prepared for him to opt into the extra year, and you should be planning with that mindset as well.
Source: SB Nation
March 10, 2020, 10:32 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond logged 35 minutes on Tuesday night but delivered a mixed bag of production, picking up 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block while also committing six turnovers and going 5-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Usually Drummond grabs enough extra rebounds to compensate for the bad free throws and high turnovers from the center spot, but not tonight. He'll be an early-round threat while Tristan Thompson (corneal abrasion) is out and settle into middle-round territory when the Cavs return to a four-man timeshare up front.
March 8, 2020, 11:28 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond was a monster in his return from a left calf strain on Sunday vs. the Spurs, going for 28 points (11-of-16 FG), 17 rebounds and three blocks.
Drummond received 33 minutes and appears to be healthy enough to still do plenty of damage. He has all the tools to continue being a top-20 player, even if he goes 6-of-11 from the line. While the situation in Cleveland remains murky, Drummond's value is too immense to resist missing out on, and he is worth the risk to continue plugging into your lineup the rest of the way.
March 8, 2020, 5:56 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) will be back in the starting lineup on Sunday after missing the last three games.
Drummond, assuming he can play something close to a full workload, could have a field day against a Spurs team that's using Trey Lyles and Drew Eubanks as their centers these days. Get Drummond fired up in all lineups and just hope he's good to go from here on out.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 1:05 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) is being listed as probable vs. the Spurs on Sunday.
After missing the last three games Drummond will finally be back in action against the Spurs. He was questionable going into Saturday night's game but they decided to hold him out. Tristan Thompson also seems to be healthy so the two will split minutes at center.
Source: Kelsey Russo on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 5:58 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond will miss Saturday's game due to his strained left calf.
This is now five of six on the sidelines for Drummond, though the one game he did play was outstanding. He was questionable coming into this game so hopefully he's able to return to the court next week. Tristan Thompson is returning from his own injury and will start tonight.
Source: James Rapien on Twitter
March 6, 2020, 5:43 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond's left calf has him questionable to face the Nuggets on Saturday.
Drummond went through a full practice on Friday without any issues so hopefully, he can return on Saturday. He looked great in his last bit of game action as well. Drummond's status remains a mystery, but there are still some reasons to hope that he plays more often.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 6, 2020, 12:46 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf) was able to go through a full practice on Friday.
The Cavs will see how he's feeling later before making an official call on his status for Saturday's game. Drummond has missed four of the last five games with the calf issue, though the one game he did play was a big showing — he certainly didn't look hobbled while racking up 27 & 13 in 36 minutes. His new injury and limited role in Cleveland has clouded his fantasy outlook considerably but GMs just have to hope he'll be ready to return soon.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter
March 4, 2020, 5:23 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson has been ruled out of Wednesday's matchup vs. the Celtics as he nurses a bruised left knee.
Thompson will join Andre Drummond (calf) on the sideline for Wednesday's contest which provides ample opportunity for Larry Nance Jr. He has become a must-own player across formats and could be worth a look in DFS matchups. The Cavs don't play again until Saturday which gives Thompson and Drummond an additional two days to recover.
Source: Gary Washburn on Twitter
March 3, 2020, 5:46 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) is being listed as out in advance of Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Tristan Thompson (knee) is also questionable for this one, which will put Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. into extended featured roles. Drummond played on Saturday and put up 27 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes, but will now miss two more games with the mysterious calf injury. Keep tabs on the situation as we don't have much information on it as of yet.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 2, 2020, 5:28 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) will not play during Monday's game.
Kevin Love gets the start at center while Larry Nance Jr. will also be relied upon heavily. Drummond managed to play on Saturday but has dealt with injury issues since being traded to the Cavs.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
March 2, 2020, 1:43 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) has been added to the injury report as doubtful to play on Monday.
Drummond returned from a two-game absence on Saturday and dropped 27 & 13 in 36 minutes, so his presence on the injury report should raise some eyebrows here. With Tristan Thompson also out, it's looking like a big opportunity for Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love to get in the mix. The Cavs have four games this week but close it with a back-to-back set, which makes Drummond and TT dicey calls in leagues with weekly lineup locks.
Source: NBA Injury Report