LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond Headline 2021 Buyout Market
The NBA’s trade deadline has come and gone.
There remains only one other way for competitive teams to add to their roster from here on out and that is through the buy out market.
The two biggest names this year are Andre Drummond who is in the process of getting bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers and LaMarcus Aldridge, who was bought out by the San Antonio Spurs after the Spurs were unable to find a trade partner for the former multiple time All-Star. The two are expected to begin meeting with teams throughout the weekend and will come to a decision shortly as both Drummond and Aldridge have a slew of potential suitors.
LaMarcus Aldridge gave back $7.25 million in contract buyout with the Spurs, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Aldridge was due $24M this season. The Miami Heat are a strong candidate to sign the former All-Star as a free agent, per sources, with Portland among others in mix.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 25, 2021
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports, Aldridge is expected to m eat with the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn Nets. The Heat are believed to be the front-runners for Aldridge’s services. Meanwhile, Drummond is slated to meet with the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, and Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers have appeared to be high on Drummond’s wish list if he was to get bought out.
Through 21 games this season, Aldridge has averaged 13.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Earlier in March, the Spurs and Aldridge agreed to mutually part ways. Drummond has had a strong season with the Cavaliers and has averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.
Otto Porter, Austin Rivers, and Avery Bradley are other names expected to be bought out by their respective teams.