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Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson
Position: F
Born: 03/13/91
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $0
His agent has let it be known that Thompson wants a max deal, or close to it. He turned down in the neighborhood of a four-year, $52 million deal last October. The question is whether the Cavs want two max players at the same power forward position. In this case, they probably do. James said Thompson deserves to be a Cavs player for his whole career. He’s one of the pillars of the team. He’s quiet and unassuming in the locker room and in the media, but speaks loudly on the court.
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He’s no Sam Dalembert. Longtime Toronto-based journalist Michael Grange, who currently works for Rogers Sportsnet, described how Thompson immediately fit in with the Canadian national team without wanting star treatment. “There’s always been a little bit of a concern [pro players] are used to playing roles but want to branch out from their NBA team,” Grange said. “Like Sam Dalembert, he wanted to come back and play for the national team and all of a sudden he wanted to be Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal]. He wanted to get 30 touches and they’re like, ‘No, Sam, just f—–g get some rebounds and block shots.’ “And Tristan, I don’t know if there was anxiety about that, but I was a little curious of if he was going to come to the national team and all of a sudden want to play stretch 4. But the amazing part about him was he just f—–g played his ass off.
The respect and admiration for his old-school style of play has increased dramatically in recent weeks, internally and externally. “I appreciate the compliment, if that’s a compliment, from LeBron,” Thompson said. “But I’m just here to work. Just coming to work, do what the team asks from me, whether it’s on the court, off the court, in the community, and just be a professional.”
Multiple times James declined to elaborate on what it would mean for the organization to secure the services of Thompson long-term. The four-time MVP refused to go there. That is, until now. “Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career,” James said on Monday after practice. “There’s no reason why he shouldn’t. This guy is 24 years old. He’s played in 340-plus straight games, and he’s gotten better every single season. It’s almost like, ‘What more can you ask out of a guy?'”
The 32-year-old Varejao is a good mentor. With 11 years in the NBA, he has blossomed into a defensive pest and threat on the glass, twice averaging double-figures in rebounding. With non-stop hustle and boundless energy, he has a knack, just like Thompson, for creating extra opportunities or finishing possessions. “It’s definitely been tough,” Thompson said of not having Varejao, who suffered a torn Achilles in December. “Andy is such a great human being, but it’s definitely tough not having him out there with us. He’s been great on the sidelines and he’s been great for me personally. Talking to me during timeouts or before the game, just do what I’m here to do and do my job and do it at a high level.” As for Rodman, he’s the standard. A limited offensive player, the seven-time rebounding champion left his mark in other areas. He averaged 13.1 boards per game, which ranks 10th all time, was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and became a five-time NBA champion as well as Hall-of-Famer.
Now Cleveland has Tristan Thompson playing close to 40 minutes a night, covering the court, rebounding, blocking shots and comfortably switching out on the perimeter in pick-and-roll coverage. “[Love] being gone forced us to evolve or to change somewhat and to play to our strengths with what we had,” Blatt said. “I think we’ve done a good job of that, and certainly the players have done a good job of recognizing that and buying into it.”
The Cavaliers knocked out the Chicago Bulls 94-73 on Thursday night to clinch their Eastern Conference semifinal series in six games even though James struggled to score 15 points and Kyrie Irving limped off the court. “What a year,” Tristan Thompson said. “Fourth year with the Cavaliers. The previous three years we were thinking about the lottery and who we were gonna draft. Now I am playing with this father (LeBron) here. What a ride. I will enjoy this for a day and just get ready for the next opponent.”
But some of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates – specifically Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova – haven’t been in this situation, and despite a restless Friday night mulling over the excruciating details of Chicago’s last-second 99-96 victory over the Cavs, James said on Saturday, “They need my leadership now more than ever, more than anybody on our team. I will not show any weakness.” There is no room for panic in the playoffs. “As leader of the team, I can’t be down about anything,” James said. “Even though it hurts me to lose last night, I hate losing. It was tough for me to sleep last night, but I’m not going to be shattered, not around these guys.” Game 4 is Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), and the Bulls are up 2-1 in the best-of-7 series.
The Cavaliers coaches, front office and players love Tristan Thompson because he’s one of those guys who’s energetic, hustles, rebounds, plays defense and doesn’t need plays called for him. Those guys are valuable. How valuable? Thompson turned down an extension just before this season began. Don’t forget, Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, is also LeBron James’ agent, and if James wants Thompson on the team, the Cavs will cough up the necessary dollars.
Thompson looks up to Rodman, a five-time NBA champion who had a career numbers of 7.3 points and 13.1 rebounds. “I liked his his energy and his passion,” Thompson said of Rodman. “He didn’t let any possessions off, made it tough, and that’s what changes a game. If you look at him and some of the rebounds that he got or plays that he made, it helped win championships and he’s in the Hall of Fame.” At first glance, there is a dichotomy between the mild-mannered Thompson and his eccentric basketball idol. Don’t make any assumptions on the court, though. “Never judge a book by its cover,” Thompson said with a laugh. “I’m all over the place. If you watch film or how I approach rebounding, if I’ve got to hit a guy or knock him off balance, I’ll do whatever it takes to get that board. I’m greedy.”
Tristan Thompson was only 8 years old when Dennis Rodman played his final NBA game. As a young basketball fan in Canada, he was influenced by Rodman long after he retired. It has been 15 years since Rodman left the league, and Thompson is looking to follow in his footsteps as an aggressive rebounder. “I try to be the best I can be at what I can do, and that’s playing hard and rebounding,” Thompson told Basketball Insiders. “I watch a lot of Dennis Rodman film, see how he impacted the game, see how he impacted his team when he was playing. Especially for this team, I feel like I can do that and bring it to the table. That’s what I try to do every night.”
In an attempt to split the series at home, Cavaliers coach David Blatt will start Tristan Thompson in Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group. Sources spoke on the condition of anonymity. Thompson will make his first postseason start at power forward, pairing up with LeBron James and Timofey Mozgov in the frontcourt, one source said.
Blatt again called Tristan Thompson a strong candidate for Sixth Man of the Year prior to the game and chose Thompson over both Love and Mozgov to close the game. The Cavs went small in the fourth quarter with Love and Thompson sharing the load at center. Mozgov has sat the entire fourth quarter in six of the last seven games. The one time he played, against the Warriors, it was only for 1:33. But it’s hard to argue with the results of Blatt’s rotation, and that includes using Thompson to close games. He didn’t score against the Raptors, took only one shot and grabbed one rebound while also coming up with a pair of steals.
The team was reeling, coming off of losing its sixth straight game and a grueling practice was the anticipation. But what should have been a six-minute bus ride from their Beverly Hills hotel to the campus turned into 10, then 15, then a 20-minute ride. “I was like, ‘Where are we going?'” Tristan Thompson recalled to Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I was confused.” Head coach David Blatt had something up his sleeve. When the bus finally stopped, it was in front of a bowling establishment in Hollywood. To their shock, they learned practice was never in the plans. It was about getting away from basketball and bonding as a team.
Within the NBA, officials expected maybe $10 million a year, perhaps $12 million if Klutch wanted to push it. Well, they kept pushing it. Thompson turned down a $13 million-a-year extension offer – four-years, $52 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports. For a player of Thompson’s stature, this is an incredible risk. An injury could cost him lifetime security. Nothing close to that money exists on the restricted free-agent market this summer, but with James on a one-year deal, Klutch can try to leverage the Cavaliers all over again to get the deal they want – or simply take the one that was already offered.
As for Thompson, nothing changes his approach. His motto of “See ball, get ball” will persist regardless of if he’s starting or not. When he was told of the demotion, that was the extent of the conversation, the source said. He didn’t have any gripes. His only concern is doing what’s best for the team. Not only is his talent of extreme value, but also his character. “I’ve come off the bench most of the season,” Thompson said. “Whatever it takes for us to win. [I’ll] come out and join the bench mob again. Bring the energy with myself, Delly [Matthew Dellavedova] and all the other guys so that’s a role that I embrace and I’m trying to be the X-factor.”
Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova suffered a nasal fracture and symptoms of a mild concussion in Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. Ilyasova took an elbow in the face from Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson as the Cleveland player tried to grab an offensive rebound in the final minute of the first half. A replay revealed Thompson took a hard swing — not a malicious one — with his elbow and connected with Ilyasova.
The Cavs did feel they budged a little in the last-minute negotiations with Thompson on Friday. They offered Thompson more than $48 million over four years. Agent Rich Paul is gambling that Thompson can get more than that on the open market. On the bright side for the Cavs, if Thompson wants a large contract, he must earn it. Read: He currently has millions of reasons to play the best basketball of his career.