As Tristan Thompson is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, we take a look at three possible destinations that would suit his services.
Thompson was selected No. 4 overall by the Cavaliers in the 2011 NBA Draft and has played every season with them ever since, including in 2016 when he played a key role in capturing Cleveland’s first-ever NBA championship.
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Thompson averaged 12.0 points and 10.1 rebounds (10th in NBA) on 51.2 percent shooting throughout the 2019-20 NBA season.
Although, his contributions didn’t seem to be much of a factor considering the fact that the Cavaliers were last in the Eastern Conference standings with a poor record of 19-46.
It seems likely that the Cavaliers will not be re-signing Thompson due to the organization prioritizing the future and the depth of forwards and centers that they already possess within their roster, including their recent acquisition of Andre Drummond.
Thompson could rather be a priority for contending teams pursuing a championship because of his relentless efforts on the boards, contributions as an interior scorer, and experience as an NBA champion.
It would be mutually beneficial for Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers to part ways.
At 29 years old, Thompson may finally see a change of scenery as Cleveland continues its franchise rebuilding process.
He will be coming off a five-year, $82.0 million contract and entering free agency this offseason for the first time since he was a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at three realistic destinations for Tristan Thompson once 2020 free agency hits.