HoopsHype Tristan Thompson rumors


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

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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

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

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