Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said Wednesday that Drummond wouldn't join the team for its in-market minicamp this month due to a "personal situation," Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. So long as Drummond is able to complete his normal offseason conditioning work at home, his absence from the minicamp shouldn't affect his readiness for the Cavaliers' 2020-21 training camp, which may not begin until December or January. Already on the books for the upcoming season after informing the Cavaliers he would exercise his $28.75 million player option, Drummond should open the season as Cleveland's starting center. After coming over in a deal with Detroit at the trade deadline, Drummond appeared in eight games for Cleveland and averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.3 steals in 28.3 minutes per contest.
Drummond underwent LASIK eye surgery on Wednesday, per his verified Twitter account. There isn't much here that's relevant for fantasy unless Drummond wasn't wearing contacts when he played. Even if that's the case, it's unlikely to turn him into a proficient three-point shooter, or even free-throw shooter, overnight.
Drummond said Tuesday that he will exercise his $28.75 million player option for the 2020-21 season, ESPN.com reports. Drummond revealed the decision on Tuesday's episode of ESPN's "Le Batard & Friends -- STUpodity," stating that he will "definitely" be returning to the Cavaliers next season. Considering the amount of money involved, the announcement shouldn't come as a surprise, and Drummond will still have an opportunity to hit unrestricted free agency after the conclusion of the 2020-21 campaign. The Cavaliers acquired the big man in a trade with Detroit back in February and immediately inserted him as their starting center, with Drummond averaging 17.5 points, 11.1 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game over his eight appearances with Cleveland before the NBA season was suspended.
Drummond dropped 21 points (8-14 FG, 5-9 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Bulls. In his last game, Drummond returned from a three-game absence due to a calf issue, and dropped 28 points, 17 boards and three blocks, guiding the Cavaliers to a victory over the Spurs. This game, while not quite as dominant, was still a solid outing for the 26-year old, as he produced a full stat line against the Bulls' young frontcourt. Dealing with some sidelining since joining the Cavs, Drummond has tumbled down the rankings a bit recently, but, assuming he stays healthy and on the court, he should bounce back down the stretch - even in a potentially crowded frontcourt.
Drummond (calf) registered 28 points (11-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-11 FT), 17 boards, three blocks and an assist across 33 minutes Sunday in the Cavaliers' 132-129 overtime victory over the Spurs. The monstrous double-double to go with the blocks was right on par with what Drummond was routinely offering as a member of the Pistons earlier this season. Though his calf didn't appear to be bothering him, Drummond didn't push past 30 minutes until the extra period, which isn't the most encouraging sign, given that top backup Tristan Thompson (eye) exited in the first half and didn't return. If Thompson is back in action for the Cavs' next game Tuesday in Chicago, Drummond could be looking at more of a split of the minutes at center. In his five games with the Cavs in which Thompson was fully healthy, Drummond averaged 12.8 points, 10.4 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 24.4 minutes.
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