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Tristan Thompson | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 238
College: Texas
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The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are nearing a deal worth $80 million.
It seems like just yesterday Thompson was changing his shooting hand and struggling to get playing time. Thanks to being arguably the best rebounder in the postseason this summer, Thompson has set himself up for a big pay check. Presumably, this will be a five-year deal. Jul 1 - 2:32 PM

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The Cavs have extended a qualifying contract offer to Tristan Thompson, making him a restricted free agent.

Thompson isn't going anywhere with GM LeBron negotiating his new deal as the two share the same agent. LeBron previously said Thompson should be a Cavalier for his entire career, so it would be nothing short of shocking if TT suits up in anything but a Cavs uniform next season.
Jun 29 - 2:00 PM

Tristan Thompson is in search of a contract worth at least $13M annually, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

A similar report emerged earlier this season, so we can't say that we're surprised. The Cavs "intend" to re-sign Thompson, and he's got all of the leverage in the world after a dominant postseason. Oh, and he also shares an agent with that LeBron guy. We guess that matters.
Jun 29 - 8:51 AM

Cavs' GM David Griffin said that he fully intends to retain Tristan Thompson as a restricted free agent this offseason.

Thompson's rebounding was a big part of Cleveland's success this postseason, and he's reportedly looking for a max-deal as a restricted free agent this offseason. The Cavs have the luxury of being able to match any offer sheet that Thompson signs during free agency, but it sounds like they have every intention of retaining his services. However, he averaged just 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game during the regular-season, so if he again comes off the bench next year, he won't have much value in standard leagues.
Jun 18 - 6:02 PM

Tristan Thompson will be a restricted free agent when the offseason hits, and he will be looking to secure a maximum level deal, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

Thompson proved his worth during the Cavs postseason run once Kevin Love went down, and with the way the salary cap is structured, there's going to be a lot of big money deals going down this offseason. It's unlikely the Cavs will flat out offer Thompson a max-contract, but because he's a restricted free agent, they'll be able to match anything he signs and they very likely will do that. If Kevin Love remains in Cleveland, Thompson won't be much of an asset in standard leagues.
Source: ESPN
Jun 18 - 2:44 PM

Tristan Thompson was a force in Sunday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors on Sunday, scoring 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting (7-of-10 FTs) with 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 40 minutes.

Thompson did looked fatigued at times during the game but for the most part he kept a high motor and as you can see by the stats he was plenty productive. He has been moved to center as the Cavs downsize to matchup with the Warriors' small unit, and that type of arrangement is basically mandatory so the Cavs don't get picked apart in the pick and roll.
Jun 14 - 11:25 PM

Tristan Thompson's agent has let it be known that his client wants close to a max deal this summer.

Many people thought Thompson was crazy for reportedly turning down a four-year $52 million extension before the season, but it now looks like he made the right move. Thompson has shined in the absence of Kevin Love, and his rebounding has been crucial to the Cavaliers' success. He is averaging 6.5 points, 13.8 boards and 0.8 blocks in the NBA Finals. It will be interesting to see if Cleveland is willing to give Thompson close to max money this summer, but Love's decision on whether or not he will opt out of his current deal will obviously have a significant impact.
Jun 14 - 9:24 AM

Tristan Thompson made 6-of-10 from the field for 12 points with 13 rebounds and one block in 38 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday during a Game 4 loss.

He was a monster on the glass early in the game because Harrison Barnes couldn't put a body him. Thompson also fared well in the low post on offense and had more field goal attempts tonight than in any game since May 14. He's playing a ton of minutes, but it hasn't affected his production.
Jun 11 - 11:55 PM

Tristan Thompson missed all five of his shot attempts on Sunday, but he grabbed 14 rebounds while adding one steal and one block without any turnovers in 39 minutes.

Thompson was effective on the boards but his versatile defense was a key to Cleveland's victory, as he capably switched onto smaller players all night. After the emotional victory LeBron told reporters, "When we defend, we give ourselves a chance to beat anybody in this world." The Cavs' defense got the job done tonight, holding Golden State's high-octane offense to just 93 points on 39.8 percent shooting with 18 turnovers vs. 16 assists.
Jun 8 - 12:09 AM

Tristan Thompson grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds against the Warriors on Thursday, adding two points, one assist, one steal and one block in 47 minutes.

He was terrific on the glass yet again and had six offensive rebounds. Timofey Mozgov also gave the Cavs some solid production with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes. The Cavs had some early success with the bigger lineups, but it may have come back to bite them a bit on the offensive side with the lack of spacing. Both guys earned their playing time and more in this series.
Jun 5 - 12:06 AM

Tristan Thompson double-doubled with 16 points and 11 rebounds (five offensive) to help Cleveland sweep the Hawks with a Game 4 drubbing on Tuesday.

Cleveland has an outstanding offensive rebound rate of 30.0 percent in the series, compared to just 15.4 percent for Atlanta, and Thompson is the reason for the disparity. LeBron James said this week that he feels Thompson should be a Cavalier for "his whole career" and coach David Blatt readily agreed. Thompson is a restricted free agent this summer and it sounds like the Cavs will do all they can to retain him.
May 26 - 11:18 PM

LeBron James said on Monday Tristan Thompson "should probably be a Cavalier for the rest of his life."

He's a restricted free agent and the Cavs are likely going to bring him back based on his outstanding postseason. While Thompson's offensive ability away from the basket is a little behind schedule, he's really taken off in the paint on both ends. Expect him to get big minutes following his 42.0 minutes per game in his last three outings.
May 25 - 3:09 PM

Tristan Thompson was too much to handle for the Hawks in the Cavs' Game 2 win on Friday, grabbing 16 rebounds to go with seven points and two boards in 41 minutes.

Thompson had a big-time block on Kent Bazemore as a signature play and his play in the playoffs has earned him a big payday. He has rendered Paul Millsap useless and the Hawks don't appear to have the muscle to keep him off the glass.
May 22 - 11:05 PM

LeBron James said Tristan Thompson is one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the NBA.

James said Thompson's biggest defensive improvement this season has been his communication and that has led to the 24-year-old becoming one of the best pick-and-roll defenders in the league.Thompson has been a nightly double-double threat since entering the starting lineup for Kevin Love (shoulder) and he's now averaging 12.2 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.0 percent shooting from the field in his last five games.
May 21 - 12:56 PM

Tristan Thompson said that his bruised left shoulder is feeling better, and that he's "ready to bang" for Cleveland's Eastern Conference Finals matchup against the Hawks.

Since Thompson has entered the starting lineup, he has compiled averages of 8.5 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He had some nice games against the Bulls in Cleveland's second-round series, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat going forward.
May 19 - 2:56 PM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
SG1Iman Shumpert
2Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Mike Miller
3Cedi Osman
4Sir'Dominic Pointer
PF1Tristan Thompson
2Rakeem Christmas
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Anderson Varejao
3Brendan Haywood