HoopsHype Tristan Thompson rumors


May 6, 2015 Updates

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.” Basketball Insiders

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.” Basketball Insiders

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. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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. Akron Beacon Journal

January 17, 2015 Updates

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. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 15, 2015 Updates

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. Yahoo! Sports

January 14, 2015 Updates

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. Yahoo! Sports

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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. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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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. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

November 16, 2014 Updates

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." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 3, 2014 Updates

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. FoxSports.com

November 1, 2014 Updates

Thompson's agent, Rich Paul, and the Cavaliers failed to reach and agreement on a rookie-scale extension by the Oct. 31 deadline. On Wednesday, owner Dan Gilbert said the plan was to lock Thompson up long-term and he was hopeful a deal could be struck this week. Northeast Ohio Media Group was told that each side valued Thompson differently, which will result in the 22-year-old forward becoming a restricted free agent on July 1. It is believed that Paul always preferred to go the route of restricted free agency, understanding there will be more money to be had for his client in the summer. His contract situation is the least of his worries. "I'm just focused on helping my team win," Thompson said to NEOMG. "If I can do that, we'll be fine." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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