There have been rumors surrounding Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond about a potential trade out of the Motor City.
Drummond can decline his $28.1 million player option for next season and become a free-agent, but the Pistons could also trade him in exchange for assets rather than lose him for nothing via free-agency.
But for Drummond, he maintains that he's happy in Detroit and would prefer to finish his career in a Pistons uniform.
“I'm not a quitter, for one,” Drummond said after scoring 14 points and grabbing 18 rebounds in Saturday's 111-104 win over the Golden State Warriors. “I was never brought up to be a quitter. If I start somewhere, I try to finish there, try to complete the mission, which is to win a championship here. It will never be me that wants to go anywhere … I love being here. I would love to play here the rest of my career.”
Drummond is averaging 17.5 PPG and 15.8 RBP this season. He was originally drafted by the Pistons with the 9th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft.
However, Drummond says that these rumors are nothing new.
“I've been dealing with this since the year I signed my contract so the trade rumors will always come around, so this is another year for me,” Drummond said. “It's always that time of year around January where trade talks come. Nothing's happened. Obviously, the talks have started, so these questions will start to come. I've been looking forward to them coming, but for me, I'm just going to continue to play the game I play, play here in Detroit where I love to be, and whatever happens, happens.”
– – Quote courtesy of Nick Friedell of ESPN Link – –