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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
Contract: view contract details

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Tristan Thompson looked good in the starting lineup again on Monday with nine points, 14 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 34 minutes.
Garbage time wasn't a factor here with Thompson not checking out until 1:02 left. He's been outstanding in the first unit and he should have some nice value for up to two weeks. Thompson could even have some value beyond that due to how he's played better than Timofey Mozgov and has earned more minutes. Nov 23 - 11:01 PM

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Tristan Thompson logged 40 minutes in the starting lineup on Saturday against the Hawks with nine points, 16 boards, five assists and two blocks.

That's some serious playing time and a further testament that the Cavs do not want to play Anderson Varejao much. Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) is out for 10-14 days, so expect Thompson to have some solid value in that span. He might earn more minutes after that, too. Thompson is worth a long look in standard leagues.
Nov 21 - 10:20 PM

Tristan Thompson will start on Saturday vs. the Hawks.

Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) is expected to miss around two weeks of action, so Thompson should be picked up everywhere as he could potentially see minutes in the 30s. Anderson Varejao should play a little more as well, but not enough to make an impact in most fantasy leagues.
Nov 21 - 7:41 PM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled against the Bucks on Thursday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

Timofey Mozgov (shoulder) will need an MRI, so Thompson could get some starts and big minutes. He started the second half today and would be looking at minutes in the mid-30s sans Mozzy. If you need a big, he's worth a look at any depth even with a somewhat low upside.
Nov 20 - 12:06 AM

Tristan Thompson logged a season-high 30 minutes during the Cavs win over the Pacers on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting to go with eight boards, one assist and two steals.

Thompson got more minutes today due to the small ball lineups that the Pacers were deploying, and the scoring can be described as random as he's not going to shoot 87.5 percent from the field on most nights. He's a poor free throw shooter (50.0 percent from the stripe), and he doesn't do much on the defensive end (0.2 steals and 0.8 blocks per game), so he's basically nothing more than a rebounding specialist in deep leagues.
Nov 8 - 6:37 PM

Tristan Thompson received stitches on his right eyelid during Friday's game, and finished with three points, 11 rebounds and no steals or blocks.

He should be all good and this one isn't as bad as the injury to Terrence Jones. Thompson hasn't been involved in the offense much and is playing just 24.6 minutes per game.
Nov 6 - 8:50 PM

Tristan Thompson had 10 points and 13 rebounds for his first double-double of the season on Wednesday, adding one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

TT is shooting 16-of-24 over the past four games. He's a steady low-end source of rebounds and high FG percentages, but doesn't contribute enough points or defensive stats to be rostered in most 12-team leagues.
Nov 4 - 11:10 PM

Tristan Thompson called the approach to securing his new five-year contract "excellent."

Of course, what else is he going to say? He's not going to admit he's wrong, and Thompson certainly isn't about to critique his agent after Rich Paul just landed him $82 million. Even if his role hasn't changed since last season, expectations certainly have. For what it's worth, Cavs GM David Griffin called for Thompson to become a "better defensive rebounder."
Oct 26 - 9:42 AM

Tristan Thompson will play vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

This likely means that his contract has been finalized. Thompson will be coming off the bench behind Kevin Love and Timofey Mozgov, but he should still see minutes in the 20s. Thompson is only worth a look if you need some boards.
Oct 25 - 1:04 PM

Tristan Thompson has yet to finalize his contract with the Cavaliers.

This is just a technicality as Thompson and the Cavs are likely to finalize the five-year, $82 million deal on Friday. Thompson isn't practicing on Thursday, but is expected to be ready for the regular season. He's a valuable backup for the Cavaliers, but he doesn't hold much fantasy value stuck behind Kevin Love.
Oct 22 - 12:46 PM

The Cavs and Tristan Thompson agreed to five-year, $82 million deal.

Well, Thompson got the money he wanted and agent Rich Paul comes through yet again. Thompson earned a ridiculous raise thanks to his play in the postseason. He'll shift to being more of a backup and play both big spots. He won't have much fantasy value.
Oct 21 - 6:57 PM

There is reportedly no communication between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson at the moment.

There is still no end in sight and it appears that this holdout could go well into the regular season. The Cavaliers are hesitant to give the backup power forward max money, and it's clear that this is becoming a major distraction for the team. Thompson isn't a recommended fantasy option as long as he is in Cleveland.
Oct 17 - 10:11 AM

Tristan Thompson's contract holdout could go well into the regular season, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

"I think it will take a third party event to bridge the gap here," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season." Giving a reserve a max contract is something that the Cavs are clearly trying to avoid, and as LeBron James said, this is a situation that has become a distraction for Cleveland. However, neither side seems interested in budging, so there is a chance a deal isn't struck until another team comes in with an offer. Thompson has very little fantasy value in Cleveland.
Source: Real GM
Oct 7 - 11:52 AM

LeBron James said that the contract talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs have become a distraction.

"The last thing you need is a distraction when you’re trying to make a championship run and we have that," James said. Thompson has missed the entire training camp and there is still no end in sight, so maybe James' comments will motivate both sides to get a deal done. If Thompson does stay on with the Cavs, he won't have much fantasy value playing behind Kevin Love.
Oct 4 - 1:53 PM

Tristan Thompson will not be at practice on Friday.

This is an expected move as Thompson will not join up with the team until he signs a contract. He is still expected to remain in Cleveland, and it will be interesting to see which side cracks first during contract negotiations. As long as Kevin Love is healthy, Thompson won't make a significant impact in fantasy leagues.
Oct 2 - 12:43 PM

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C1Timofey Mozgov
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