Kevin Love and Andre Drummond are more likely to remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the team parted ways with John Beilein.
This was a subject that came up when the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons. The future of both Kevin Love and Drummond being tied to each other. With the team moving on from John Beilein as their head coach, things are pointing into the direction of both remaining in Cleveland next season.
The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd said on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland Wednesday morning that the status of Andre Drummond next season would be related to whether or not John Beilein was still the head coach.
.@ByJasonLloyd on @923TheFan just now says Andre Drummond, in two short weeks with #Cavs, had already made it clear that if Beilein was back, he was gone after this season and that this was a worse situation than in Detroit. Side note, he shares an agent with Kevin Love.
— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) February 19, 2020
It did not take long for Drummond to become disenchanted with Beilein. The fact he was willing to decline an option that pays him an absurd amount of money due to a coach speaks volumes. Drummond has a player option for next season worth just over $28.75 million. This is an amount of money that he would necessarily get on the open market and he was willing to say thanks, but no thanks to it because of a coach.
Now for the other part of the equation, Kevin Love. As mentioned by Lloyd, Love and Drummond share an agent. If Beilein were to stay in Cleveland and Drummond opt out of his contract, that would point squarely in the direction of Love wanting out also. It is not a secret that Love was not necessarily on board with John Beilein and his style.
By Beilein leaving this certainly helps the Cavaliers in their cause to retain both Andre Drummond and Kevin Love for next season. Whether that translates to success on the court is a different story entirely.