Tristan Thompson RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Eric Pincus: The Cleveland Cavaliers have made Delly, Thompson and Shumpert restricted free agents with qualifying offers @BBallInsiders
Although James wants Love, Thompson, Shumpert and Smith to return, he will not put on a full-court recruiting press. He prefers to give them space to make a decision, trusting they understand what the Cavaliers are capable of accomplishing if they all re-sign.
Jeff Zillgitt: David Griffin: “We fully intend to keep Tristan as well.” Said he expects Kevin Love and LeBron James to opt out in this cap environment.: 2 more rumors
Chris Haynes: #Cavs F Tristan Thompson will not play for Canadian National Team this summer, a league source tells @Clevelanddotcom.
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.: 2 more rumors
(Tristan Thompson) also doesn’t like seafood, which he gets from his mom, Andrea Brooks. “I don’t like fish,” Brooks said. “Because the fish eat their poos. I don’t eat that stuff. Fish eat their own poo. So, I’m not eating fish.”
Sharing the postgame podium with LeBron James and Tristan Thompson, Smith wanted to properly document the moment. So while Thompson was answering a reporter’s question, Smith took out his phone to snap a selfie featuring his Cavs teammates.
They will make every effort to bring him back, but league sources have stated that teams are already quietly expressing interest in the soon to be free agent.
Thompson will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season. The Cavaliers will have the right to match any offer he receives out on the open market, and I’m told Paul will aggressively do his due diligence in finding the right situation business-wise and basketball-wise.
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.
His temper is entertaining. Matthew Dellavedova says the team cracks up at the way Thompson restrains himself when he gets ticked off during a game. “He’s a really great guy, but when he gets mad?” Dellavedova said. “Like, say he gets mad at the refs or something, he’ll go to say something, but he’s too nice of a guy, so he stops himself before he does it.”
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?'”
Dave McMenamin: According to @Joe Vardon, Timo’s bloody nose came as a result of Tristan Thompson dunking on him. All I saw was the bloody aftermath
Dave McMenamin: Timofey Mozgov just got a bloody nose going through his pregame workout. Timo goes hard. Always.
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.
Lang Greene: With Kevin Love owed $16m in 2016 and eyeing a near max deal, what will CLE do w/ Tristan Thompson? Can’t see them investing double at PF. Tristan Thompson is one of those sneaky free agents … career averages of 10 points and eight boards in 29 minutes. Solid niche player.
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.
Tristan Thompson: Thank u to my big bro @SteveNash for being such an inspiration to Canadian basketball hopefuls like myself. Congratulations on you retirement
Ryan Wolstat: ie. Don’t expect to see Tristan Thompson or Cory Joseph with Canada this summer, unless extensions done far sooner than anyone expects. They do expect Andrew Wiggins to play, Tyler Ennis, Stauskas, Anthony Bennett, Olynyk, Nicholson, etc.
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.
Even so, at what price? 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.
In interviews with four of the five or so Cavaliers players who know James best – Miller, James Jones, Tristan Thompson, and Kyrie Irving – a picture emerges of a star player and team that are together, even though their record and their in-game play doesn’t necessarily support it.
It is anticipated that Mozgov will drastically improve the team’s defense at the rim. Thompson believes so, too. “He’s big, he’s seven-foot, he’s long, takes up space and he blocks shots,” Thompson said Mozgov. “Playing with LeBron [James] and Kyrie [Irving] is only going to benefit him and we need a guy like that here.”
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.”
Thompson was informed Thursday that newly acquired big man Timofey Mozgov would start at center against the Golden State Warriors on Friday, a league source told Northeast Ohio Media Group. According to head coach David Blatt, Mozgov was expected to take his physical on Thursday and he would be available for the first game of their five-game West Coast road trip.
As for the criticism of the Cavs’ defense in the lane? Keep it coming. Thompson is fueled by it. Who says the media isn’t helpful? “I know I can block shots and I’ve got to do it,” Thompson answered. “That’s part of my job as a big. That’s one of the reasons I was drafted because I blocked three shots a game in college so I got to continue doing that in the NBA. So I was disappointed in myself that I wasn’t being called a rim protector. I just got to do my job.”
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.
Thompson recalls the many times James preached for them to spread the wealth. “He was saying it every game to us and I think seeing that result in Utah, we knew that wasn’t our style,” Thompson said. “It was up to us as a group to fix it. We had to buy in. We’re too smart of a basketball team. We knew what we had to do.”
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.