By CHRIS MANNIX
BOSTON – Andre Drummond is in a funk. His coaches see it. Opposing teams see it. Anyone with a pair of eyeballs can see it. The trade chatter in recent weeks has crept into Drummond’s head. He’s still putting up solid numbers—a 13-point, 13-rebound, seven assist effort in a win over the Celtics on Wednesday night offers an example—but there’s a lethargy to Drummond’s game that’s obvious to everyone.
The Pistons are crumbling, with injuries to Blake Griffin and Reggie Jackson derailing any hope of Detroit building on last season’s postseason berth. The defense stinks, the offense isn’t much better and even Dwane Casey admits the focus now is on developing the handful of promising young players on the roster.