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Cleveland Cavaliers coach says players entitled to opinions over decision to bench Andre Drummond

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As the decision to bench center Andre Drummond while the team pursues a trade has drawn criticism – most notably from Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green – Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said “Nobody’s opinion should be muted.”

Bickerstaff said Drummond was not with the team Wednesday and the Cavs are still discussing whether he will stay around while trade talks proceed.

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Following Monday’s game, Green said a double standard exists in the NBA in terms of players and trades – that players are unfairly labeled as selfish if they ask to be traded, while teams can do as they please. ”

Bickerstaff again praised Drummond’s professionalism “In difficult circumstances.”

“He’s been great,” Bickerstaff said. “It goes back to how we treat each other, period, as human beings and not just as pieces on a puzzle board. So we have to make sure that we’re doing the right thing by him as well.”

As the Cavs watch it all unfold, guard Collin Sexton said Drummond has the support of his teammates.

Sexton would not say whether Drummond was being treated fairly.

“I’m just focused on the season,” he said.

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