-Andre Drummond expected to opt IN
A bit of a surprise for me. Drummond has a $28M player option for next season and while he may not draw that same amount in again on a yearly basis, I expected an opt out to look for a long term contract with financial stability. He'll be 27 in August, meaning he'll be 28 by the time he's wrapping up unrestricted free agency next year. He'd probably get one more good chunk contract unless he somehow learned how to shoot which isn't likely. Opting out now and taking something like a 3/60-70 would put him at 30 for his next contract where he could get similar. A 31 year old free agent center seems far older than a 30 year old one. He also is banking on the salary cap not taking a massive hit for 2021. Free agency MIGHT end up being more lucrative this summer than next when teams are going to be far more strapped than anticipated and with a FAR superior free agency class.
As for Cleveland, it's somewhat of a win for them. They traded basically nothing (Knight, Henson and a 23' 2nd rd pick) to give Drummond a tryout. It wasn't great in the 8 games he did play, but CLE was playing for nothing, now they'll get a full year of him. But then what do they do if Anthony Edwards goes #1? Do they take Wiseman? Do they bench their #2 overall pick for a center that's going to command 30-33 minutes per night? Or do they trade the pick? Or go off the radar and take LaMelo or Avdija?
Looks like it's all but official.