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Cleveland Cavaliers officially buy out Andre Drummond, salute veteran’s ‘professionalism’



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CLEVELAND – Center Andre Drummond is now a free agent and can sign with a contending team after reaching a buyout with the Cavaliers.

The agreement ends a partnership that became awkward when the Cavs benched Drummond to give young center Jarrett Allen more playing time. “We have great respect for Andre as a person and a player here in Cleveland and we are happy to have reached an outcome that is in the best interest of both Andre and our team.”

One of the NBA’s top rebounders and a proven scorer, Drummond was under contract for $28.7 million this season and is expected to draw interest from several contending teams.

He averaged 17.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in 25 games before the Cavs decided to give Allen the bulk of playing time.

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