HoopsHype Tristan Thompson rumors

October 19, 2012 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised the third-year contract options on guard Kyrie Irving and forward/center Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Kyrie and Tristan exemplify what we want to be as a team and franchise, both as players and as people,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “They are dedicated, hard-working, talented individuals and we’re looking forward to their continued growth and success here in Cleveland as Cavaliers.” NBA.com

October 13, 2012 Updates

The question now is whether he’ll get markedly better in his sophomore campaign. Bets are on that he will, and considering how hard he worked in the offseason, it’s hard to imagine him not experiencing some measure of improvement. “The summer is what makes you in terms of the NBA,” Thompson said. “This summer I wanted to put in a lot of time getting stronger and continuing to work on my craft, especially in the post. Big men really only need two or three shots—the hook shot left and right, the turn-and-face and a counter. I worked on that all summer, and I’m going to be doing it in the game.” HoopsWorld

October 11, 2012 Updates

This whole thing involving LeBron James' agent is a mess. Cavs forward Tristan Thompson told reporters today he paid for Texas guard Myck Kabongo's flight to Cleveland for a workout -- but that Thompson was reimbursed by Kabongo's brother. The work was set up by Cleveland-based agent Rich Paul, who represents James and Thompson. Sulia

October 2, 2012 Updates

In addition, Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph also filed paperwork to leave CAA, according to league sources. All three are believed to be headed to join the new agency of Rich Paul, who James partnered with during the offseason. Paul represented all three players while working for CAA before leaving to start his own company. ESPN.com

September 13, 2012 Updates
August 25, 2012 Updates

Perhaps is the fresh start under Nash and Triano, perhaps it’s the fact this is a weekend training camp rather than a selection process, perhaps it’s simply because there are more, better players available but the mood was collegial, with a common goal in mind. “After watching the Olympics … I was sick to my stomach, I wanted to be part of it,” said Brampton’s Tristan Thompson. “It was cool to watch the USA win but I want to be part of that, I want to compete for a medal and I think that’s what other guys were thinking.” Toronto Star

July 14, 2012 Updates
April 5, 2012 Updates

Tristan Thompson spent part of last summer’s lockout learning at the feet of a future hall of famer. Thompson spent a couple of weeks working out with San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, perhaps the most fundamentally sound big in the NBA. Of all the work the two did together on the court, Thompson took away two key facts from Duncan: Work every day to get a little better and stick with the traits that got him to the NBA. “A lot of guys when they got to the league think they got drafted on scoring,” Thompson said. “For me, I knew that defense, playing hard, rebounding and running the floor is what got me here.” Akron Beacon Journal

February 8, 2012 Updates
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January 22, 2012 Updates

Irving and Thompson say they don't worry about how their ties to James are viewed because they weren't with the organization when he left it. They may have to deliver doughnuts to the veterans before every home shoot-around, but they don't carry the LeBron baggage. "I think most fans understand that you can't, I guess, fault a kid because I wasn't here at that time," Thompson said. Irving said he's approached his first season unencumbered by thoughts of being the man who followed the man. He just hopes to return the Cavs to contender status as soon as possible. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 30, 2011 Updates

SLAM: Kyrie Irving has said that on lob passes he sees your whole hand up over the box on the backboard. Can you talk about exactly how high it is you can jump, can you make change off the top of that thing if you wanted too? Tristan Thompson: (Laughs) Can I make change off the top of the backboard? I don’t know, but I think I’m pretty close. I can definitely touch the top of the square, that’s for sure. But I don’t know, I guess it’s just my jumping ability along with my long wing span which definitely helps me do that. Kyrie always says that if he throws up a lob he knows I’m definitely gonna catch it. But I’m just thankful to be athletically gifted by the grace of God, and I’m just trying to use that to my strength. SLAM

SLAM: Can you talk about how valuable it’s been for you, and Kyrie as well, to be able to come into this NBA process together on the same team? Tristan Thompson: I think that we have an advantage over the other Rookies who are coming into the NBA this year because of that. First of all, me and Kyrie had a prior relationship before we were drafted, so having two friends being able to get drafted to the same team, and two guys who were able to be there for each other during the roller coaster of this past lockout, has definitely helped out a lot. And now, with Kyrie playing with the first team, and me coming in with the second team, we’re really able to come in and feed off each other’s energy when we’re out there playing. SLAM

December 11, 2011 Updates
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December 6, 2011 Updates

Tristan Thompson is just fine with being perhaps the most ignored No. 4 overall draft pick in NBA history. “I got nothing to worry about,” Thompson said, laughing. “The pressure’s on Kyrie.” FOXSportsOhio

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