But what about Karl-Anthony Towns?
James Jones should not make this trade until the very last second. All options should be exhausted to acquire Karl-Anthony Towns, and only after Towns becomes entirely unavailable should a push for Drummond occur.
Fortunately, that delay in the trade is also what the Detroit Pistons want.
Why trade Drummond now when they can wait and see what offers will be made available to them as teams ready themselves for postseason play.
But if Minnesota is hell-bent on retaining Towns, or if he is traded elsewhere, or (for some reason) the Phoenix Suns just do not want him, then Drummond is a very good plan B, one that assuredly makes the team better instantly the way we all want.
In the end though, while Booker wants to play with his buddies, he can make friends anywhere, and more than anything: he wants to win.
Andre Drummond helps the team win right away, and if the roster is one that looks like it is only on the up-and-up, James Jones’ job of filling it out with viable, veteran free agents only gets easier.
If there is any legitimate fear that Devin Booker might demand a trade at some point in the near future unless the team begin winning, then a trading for a star, regardless of who that star is, may be the only way to appease him.
A potential bottom-of-the-barrel cost trade for Andre Drummond likely helps get Phoenix over the top into the playoff race this season, and does so while not only not breaking the bank, but it helps the franchise to develop Deandre Ayton a little bit longer, if not turning him into one of the most valuable young trade commodities in the league by this summer.