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Cleveland Cavaliers won’t play Andre Drummond, will try to trade star center before deadline

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The Cavaliers are moving to make Jarrett Allen the franchise’s long-term starting center and believe it’s unfair to Drummond to limit his minutes as the organization transitions to Allen, sources told ESPN.

Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman discussed the move with Drummond and his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, and decided together that Drummond would remain with the team but would no longer be active for games, sources said.

“Sometimes you’re forced into difficult positions that’s not easy to navigate, but in respect to Dre and all that he’s done and accomplished and as much as he’s helped us, we thought this was the fairest thing to do for him,” Bickerstaff said before the Cavs closed out a road trip Monday night at Golden State.

Bickerstaff said the Cavs will decide if Drummond will remain around his teammates amid trade talks in the coming days.

Andre Drummond wore a sweatshirt with the word”farewell” written on it to Sunday’s game in Los Angeles.

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The Cavaliers would need to take back $23 million in contracts to make a Drummond trade work.

A multigame experiment playing Drummond and Allen together was unsuccessful, as the Cavs nosedived into a slump that includes their current seven-game losing streak.

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