The Toronto Raptors are arguably interested in center Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s what Kevin O’Connor reports from The Ringer.
He wants to have learned this from league-internal sources, other teams should also be interested.
After the departure of the two big men Marc Gasol (L.A. Lakers) and Serge Ibaka (L.A. Clippers), the Canadians are still looking for reinforcements for the big positions. Summer newcomer Aron Baynes has been disappointing so far, as has Alex Len, who has already been passed on to the Washington Wizards. Only Chris Boucher can advertise himself so far.
Andre Drummond traded from the Detroit Pistons to Cleveland in 2020, where he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, but this year he will still be earning a handsome salary of $ 28.75 million.
Andre Drummond has been one of the association’s best rebounders for years and with an average of 14.17 boards per game is currently second in the league behind Clint Capela (14.55).
After a poor start to the season, the Raptors have now recovered and are eighth in the east (11-13) after six wins from the last ten games. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are only tenth in the Eastern Conference with a balance of 10-15.
NBA match reports : LeBron James saves the Los Angeles Lakers in overtime – strong Giannis is not enough for the Bucks – Bulls shoot out all the lights
NBA match reports: The Los Angeles Lakers have to go into overtime for the third year in a row and tremble to victory thanks to LeBron James. The Phoenix Suns defy a 47-point performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Zach LaVine and the Chicago Bulls shut out all the lights. And: The Brooklyn Nets can defend.
The Raptors kill the Wizards with a strong final spurt. Brooklyn shows a strong reaction after three defeats in a row – and that in defense!
Washington Wizards (6-16) – Toronto Raptors (12-13) 115: 137
- NBA match reports: The Raptors are slowly but surely climbing back towards a balanced record. After the horror start to the season, the Canadians in Washington have now achieved their fifth win from the last six games, primarily thanks to an excellent evening shooting.
- Against the well-known weak Wizards defense, the Raptors sank 52.7 percent from the field and an outstanding 19/32 from a distance (59.4 percent). In the first quarter, Toronto with 40 points gave an impression of the direction in which this game should go, after which they did not give up the lead.
- After all, the home side kept it more or less exciting for a long time. Russell Westbrook, who was weak in first half, thawed a bit after the break (19 of 23 points in the second half, plus 7 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 turnovers at 9/20 FG). His two three-pointers only put Washington at -5 with eight and a half minutes before the end – but then the Raptors ended the game with a 26: 9 run.
- The Canadians’ shoot was just too much, Kyle Lowry sank 5/8 threes on the way to 21 points, but the best scorer was Norman Powell (28, 10/18 FG). Pascal Siakam (26) or Chris Boucher (17 and 16 rebounds) also showed good performances, while Bradley Beal on the other side did not go beyond 24 points (8/20 FG, 1/6 threesome). That made him the top scorer of the Wizards. Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga were not used.
Brooklyn Nets (15-12) – Indiana Pacers (12-13) 104: 94
- NBA match reports: The evening before, the mood in Brooklyn was a bit depressed after the Nets conceded 122 points against the Pistons and the third bankruptcy in a row. But the star ensemble showed a strong reaction and ended the series of defeats against the Pacers. And this time the defense was right too.
- Indiana scored 30 points in the entire first half with a miserable field throw rate of 25.6 percent (11/43 FG) on the scoreboard. Led by Kyrie Irving (35 points and 8 assists at 8/17 FG and 17/17 FT), the Nets rolled over the guests to a 62:30 halftime lead – a Nets record since the franchise moved to Brooklyn in 2012.
- “We didn’t play such a defense the entire season. It was good to see,” said Joe Harris, who contributed 17 points to the success. James Harden got 19 points (4/13 FG), 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 turns, DeAndre Jordan made a positive impression with a double-double (12 and 13 rebounds) and a cracking alley-oop after a nice Irving pass attentive. Kevin Durant (Corona Protocol) is not expected back until Friday.
- The game was in fact already decided at half-time, the relatively tight final result said little about the course of the game. Indiana set the season low for points and the throwing rate (39.1 percent), Domantas Sabonis was still the best man with 18 points (7/20 FG) and 9 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon had 15 points, but needed 17 throws (5 hits). After all, Caris LeVert experienced a nice return to his old place of work, who received a video tribute from his ex-team.
Kyrie with the handles and the lob to DJ 😳 pic.twitter.com/47FjEwnWPH— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 11, 2021