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Celtics rumors: Andre Drummond of Pistons addresses Celtics trade speculation, eye emoji tweets 02.22.17 at 10:05 am ET
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Andre Drummond

Andre Drummond

Could the Celtics use the second-leading rebounded in the NBA? Definitely. Does the fact that he tweeted eyeball emojis in the style of Isaiah Thomas mean he’s coming here? Absolutely not.

Pistons big man Andre Drummond, a former UConn star, addressed reports that he could be dealt after Pistons practice on Tuesday. Specifically, reporters wanted to know what he was getting at when he retweeted Thomas’s eyeball emojis and then tweeted a pair of his own on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he asked reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors. I’m a grown man. I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Drummond’s fit with the Celtics on the interior would be obvious. He led the league in rebounding last year (14.8) and is second this year (13.8) while averaging 14.6 points per game.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, who is also president of basketball operations, admitted having discussions about Drummond, but wouldn’t characterize them beyond that.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre. The rumors don’t mean anything to me.”

The question is how much the Celtics would be willing to part with to acquire Drummond, who signed a five-year, $130 million extension with Detroit last summer. The Nets’ first-round pick, which could be No. 1 overall, would almost certainly be off the table.

 

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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UConn C Andre Drummond 06.11.12 at 11:58 am ET
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As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.

ANDRE DRUMMOND

Position: Center

School: UConn

Age: 18

Height: 7 feet

Weight: 279 pounds

Achievements: 2012 Big East All-Rookie team

Key 2011-12 stats: 10.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks, 53.8 FG%, 28.4 minutes

What he brings: Drummond, a one-and-done for the Huskies, is a physical specimen, with a magnificent combination of strength and athleticism that makes him one of the top prospects in the draft. He’s a great finisher around the rim with a quick spin move with his back to the basket. Because of his size and leaping ability it is easy for guards to get him the ball. He runs the floor very well and is a great passer and an effective rebounder. He also is a great shot-blocker.

The 18-year-old relies mostly on his athleticism, as his post game is relatively unpolished. Drummond has been known to disappear at times if his playmakers can’t get him the ball. He doesn’t have much of a shot and is a terrible free throw shooter (29 percent). Drummond has lacked complete commitment to the game and has maturity issues.

Where the Celtics could get him: Drummond is considered to be a high-risk, high-reward pick with huge upside, but his immaturity could be a turn off to lottery teams. The Celtics still would almost assuredly have to trade up for a shot at him.

Notes: Drummond attended high school at St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn., and led his team to the national prep championship as a senior. He had disclosed plans to spent a postgraduate year at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass., last summer before making a surprise announcement to instead attend UConn.

Recent articles:

Hartford Courant: After NBA lottery, experts detail Andre Drummond’s future

Sporting News: Andre Drummond bust like Darko or boom like Dwight Howard?

Video: Here’s a mix of Andre Drummond highlights from his lone season at UConn.

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