- Feb 6, 2020
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Last year, Drummond was the 36th highest paid player in the NBA. He's not paid as an elite player by today's NBA standards, and he was not over-paid.Next season Drummond will be paid as one of the elite players in the league. He will have at least one teammate who has been an NBA champion. He will be playing for a good coach, on a team that at least hopes to be a playoff contender. But he has no guarantees after next season.
If he expects to get an attractive contract extension, he needs to play like he's paid.
Last season, the Pistons destroyed Drummond's market value. But he wants to stay in Cleveland. I'm guessing the Cavs can resign Drummond at a bargain.
The thing I like most about Altman is that he thinks outside the box. While most NBA GMs are chasing the latest trend, Altman is thinking ahead. He stole both KPJ and Drummond from the Pistons. Both KPJ and Drummond were way, way undervalued at the time Altman acquired them.
If he's smart, which he is, Altman will resign Drummond to 5 years at around $20 million a year. $20 million a year is a bargain basement price for a guy who is putting up historic rebounding numbers.