Canadian Tristan Thompson agrees to two-year, $19M deal with Celtics

Ruben Hill
November 22, 2020

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 26: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 26, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.

A former fourth-overall pick, Thompson spent the first nine seasons of his National Basketball Association career with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Thompson averaged a double-double for Cleveland last season (12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and should provide an immediate boost in Boston's frontcourt, which lost Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier to trades this week. He endured highs and lows with the Cavs, capturing a title with LeBron James and 2016, only to be part of 38 combined wins with the team in the two years since James left for Los Angeles.

The Cavs have been quiet in free agency, but it is possible that they could re-sign Thompson if he wants to return. Thompson will certainly help the team on the boards and on defense.

After signing Thompson, the expectation is for the Celtics to secure small forward Jayson Tatum with a lucrative rookie-scale extension. The All-Star is one of the best young players in the league and has earned the money coming his way.

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