The Detroit Pistons struggled in 2016-17, with part of the issues including the subpar play of center Andre Drummond and point guard Reggie Jackson due to lingering health issues. Drummond had nasal surgery soon after the conclusion of the season and is ready for a strong campaign in 2017-18.
"I'm not going to play with a filter anymore; I’m going to play the game I need to play to be a great player for my team," Drummond told The Detroit News. "I feel like I’m in great shape and I can actually breathe. I don’t get tired as easily and I’m sleeping better. Everything has been a plus since I got that surgery."
The Pistons hope Drummond can play at a higher level this season, as he's owed $105 million over the next four years. Drummond admits all the trade rumors last season affected him, but that is no longer the case.
“I never had to deal with that before; it was tough for my family and me to hear those rumors. Guys who make that much money and not having the year they’re supposed to have, those talks are going to happen. I’ve accepted that," Drummond said. "They were looking for a better option. They still have faith in me and believe that I can still carry this team to where we need to get, so I have to get that done."
-- Nick Silva