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Andre Drummond angered by ‘twisted’ Nets comments: ‘F–ked up’

Andre Drummond has pushed back the narrative that his comments last week show he has a foot out in Brooklyn. And on Tuesday, the normally affable Nets Center said those comments were misrepresented and misunderstood.

“That’s fucked up. Why are you doing me like this? You know I don’t say things like that,” said Drummond, who averaged 12.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and a team-high 122.5 offensive rating for Tuesday’s game against Detroit. “You didn’t use the words I said. You took what I said and twisted it. You guys are better than that. You know what I said.

“I don’t have to clean it up. you know what i said I said because of my situation I’m here for the rest of the season, we all know that. I said do I know what’s gonna happen in the summer? Absolutely not. I can only control what’s happening right now… So your taking the first part of my quote isn’t right, it’s not right. That’s not cool.”

The aforementioned comments came after last Wednesday’s morning shooting in Memphis. Asked by The Post how Nic Claxton assumed the All-Star’s arrival would result in him being traded, Drummond went on to praise his young teammate.

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Nets center Andre Drummond scores a rebound against the Hornets on March 27, 2022.
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Drummond also acknowledged that Claxton is under team control while himself was an unrestricted free agent on an expiring one-year contract. This last part was picked up by aggregators with Drummond specifically quote one while pushing back recently on social media.

“If you post the quote, make sure you post the right thing. Use the entire quote; Don’t use the first half. That’s not right because it’s unfair to me and to the staff because I’ve never used those words in that context and you all know that,” Drummond said. “I said I respect Nic as a player and I think it would be stupid of them to trade him because he has two years left on his contract and we all know I have one year. This is obvious; We know that.

“Would I like to be here? Absolutely. Can I check this now? No. I can only control what is happening. We know that. So don’t misuse my words. It’s not fair to me and it’s not right because I shouldn’t have to defend myself publicly again after saying the right thing. That is not right. I respect you as a medium, I love you as a medium, you were fun, you were great to me. But don’t turn me around That is not right.”

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Andre Drummond reacts after scoring a basket during the Nets’ loss to the Hornets on March 27, 2022.
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Nets fans can hope Drummond, 28, is back; but keeping him will be a bigger task than keeping Claxton.

While a qualifying offer to Claxton makes him a limited free agent — allowing Brooklyn to match any offer to him and exceed the cap to keep him — Drummond is not only unrestricted, but underpaid at $2.4 million.

The Nets don’t have his Bird Rights and can only offer him either another veteran’s minimum or a mid-level exemption worth about $6 million.

Considering Drummond leads the league in both rebound percentage (.230) and defensive rebound percentage (.310), he’ll likely find higher offers elsewhere. But he was angered by the misrepresentation that he was determined to take her.

“I don’t know who reported it. All it said was, ‘I’m only here for one season.’ That’s it. But they didn’t use the entire quote,” Drummond said. “And I get it: it’s the media, you’re looking for the one-liners to publicize the show.

“But if you do, get the whole damn quote out. Don’t abuse my shit That is not right. Excuse my French for swearing, but that’s not fair to me. I do not like it. I am here in a new city. I’m here to do my job. Don’t fuck my shit.”

Nets fans are hoping this job involves winning a title — and staying for more.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/29/andre-drummond-upset-about-twisted-nets-comments-f-ked-up/ Andre Drummond angered by ‘twisted’ Nets comments: ‘F–ked up’

JOE HERNANDEZ

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