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May 27, 2015 Updates
May 26, 2015 Updates

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. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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?'" Cleveland Plain Dealer

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." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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. ESPN.com

May 25, 2015 Updates
May 24, 2015 Updates

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. Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 20, 2015 Updates
May 15, 2015 Updates

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." USA Today Sports

May 9, 2015 Updates

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. USA Today Sports

May 8, 2015 Updates

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. Twitter @LangGreene

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. USA Today Sports

May 6, 2015 Updates

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