Keeping Andre Drummond a top priority


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DETROIT — Pistons owner Tom Gores says keeping Andre Drummond in the fold is a top priority, and that Detroit needs to take another step forward after making the playoffs a season ago.

Gores was on hand Monday at the opening of the team’s new training center and corporate headquarters in midtown Detroit. The new facility completes the team’s move to the city from suburban Auburn Hills. The Pistons are entering their third season playing their games at Little Caesars Arena in downtown.

The $90 million Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center includes a sports medicine, treatment and rehab facility managed by the Henry Ford Health System, as well as retail and public spaces.

Gores was asked afterward about a possible contract extension for Drummond, the team’s standout center. The 26-year-old is under contract through the season and has a $28.751 million player option for 2020-21.

Gores spoke highly of Drummond but did not elaborate on any possible negotiations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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