The New York Knicks are expected to be looking for a center after a brutal Wednesday on the medical front.
Shams Charania reported that starting center Mitchell Robinson, already scheduled to miss weeks with an ankle injury, may be out for the season as the Knicks are said to have requested a disabled player exception.
While Isaiah Hartenstein and newly signed Taj Gibson currently occupy the center position, the team needs to add some depth before the trade deadline to be taken seriously as an Eastern Conference contender.
This is where Andre Drummond could come in.
The 30-year-old Drummond, currently with the Chicago Bulls, isn’t the All-Star he was with the Detroit Pistons, but he’s certainly serviceable as a backup. He is averaging 6.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while playing approximately 13.3 minutes per game.
If he played about 20, he could average a double-double, just like he did during the 2020-21 season between Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Knicks were to bring him in, that’s probably the most they would ask of him to do with Hartenstein joining the starting lineup.
Since Drummond is on an expiring contract, it wouldn’t cost much to acquire him. Perhaps sending a second-round pick and point guard (and former Bull) Ryan Arcidiacono could be enough to seal the deal.