BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 27: Tristan Thompson # 13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is defended by Enes Kanter  # 11 of the Boston Celtics in the first half at TD Garden on December 27, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and / or using this photograph, user consents to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Kathryn Riley / Getty Images)
On Saturday night, center free agent Tristan Thompson signed the Boston Celtics to a two-year, $ 19 million deal Thompson had a few interested contenders, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers But, according to league sources, the Celtics have always been a dark horse favorite for Thompson’s services and now they are getting even closer to the top Eastern Conference team after signing him. It’s not hyperbole to say that the Celtics have lost both crosses Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier this offseason, and the addition of a reliable rebounder was urgently needed.Well now they have that to Thompson who has almost all the bouncy rewards in Cavaliers franchise history
While Thompson’s signing made waves across the NBA, it created a tidal wave in Cleveland On the field, Thompson has always been a consistent player with the Cavaliers and last season was the one of their best players It was never a surprise to see Thompson engulfing rebounds at both ends of the field, but he was also an attacking force too – averaging career-best 120 points per game last season Thompson even added a three-point shot to his repertoire! He even got to hit one before Ben Simmons could in Philadelphia
With Thompson now with the Celtics, there is now a major lack of central depth for Cleveland To date, only André Drummond is the only true center on the roster According to sources, Kevin Love has gained weight this offseason to play more center – which he usually doesn’t like Larry Nance Jr can play end-of-game five minutes as well, but, he and Love are both naturally strong attackers, so overloading them out of position shouldn’t be a regular thing the Cavaliers do. >
Instead, Cleveland should focus on finding a quality depth behind Drummond that can also be part of the team’s plans. The only problem is that the Cavaliers can only use their $ 9.7million mid-level exception to sign a player at this point Harry Giles, big free man, 17, averaging 1 points and 101 rebounds every 36 minutes for the Sacramento Kings last season, could be an option Giles is only 22 and has the potential to be a quality start in this league someday If not Giles, then players like Willy Hernangomez or Thon Maker also make sense for Cavaliers
But it’s not just Thompson’s impact on the ground that will be missed. What he gave Cleveland off the field felt like it wasn’t even more valuable When LeBron James returned for first time at the Cavaliers after a stint with the Miami Heat, he tried to take Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters under his wing Irving and Waiters withstood James’ heavy tutelage, but Thompson embraced him James taught him to treat his body well How to maximize every practice and training He also taught Thompson how to lead both vocally and by example
When James left a second time and Cleveland began to demolish and rebuild, most were trying to get out of town as quickly as possible Thompson did the opposite by actively embracing his new situation. Not only that, but, according to sources, Thompson considered one of his tasks to be helping carry the cultural legacy that James built when he was as young and impressionable as the Cavaliers are now.
So there will be a huge void in the Cleveland locker room next season with Thompson gone.But, all is not lost for the Culturally Cavaliers Collin Sexton, the brightest young star on Cleveland’s roster, has been selected as the cultural leader of the team and will seek to continue the legacy that James and Thompson have built Fortunately, sources say, Sexton has already established himself as a leader in the Cleveland locker room by earning the respect of all of his teammates through his hard work and determination. Sounds a lot like Thompson, doesn’t it?
It’s a shame to think that Thompson’s last days in the Cavaliers uniform have been cut short due to the ongoing pandemic He was the longest-serving player on the team, having been selected fourth overall in 2011, and as he left Cleveland, Thompson’s legacy was cemented as one of the greatest in franchise history. As mentioned before, he has many bouncing rewards and helped help the Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Championship.
« From fan to opponent to teammate, Tristan has always been one of the good guys, » Larry Nance Jr tells Clevelandcom, « His jersey deserves to be hung on the rafters »
Even though he’s gone, Thompson will never be forgotten Of course he will always be seen as a rider for life, but his legacy also continues as Cleveland enters a new era He will be ruled by Sexton and the others. young Cavaliers, all of whom learned and grew under the legacy that Thompson instilled in them
I had the pleasure of being able to cover the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers for almost six years.I can also be found at SBNation’s Fear the Sword as well as
I had the pleasure of being able to cover the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers for almost six years.I can also be found at SBNation’s Fear the Sword as well as Locked on Cavs, which is part of the Locked On Mon podcast network. previous work can be seen on Hashtag Basketball, CavsNation, ClutchPoints and King James Gospel Born and raised, and now based in Cleveland, the Cavaliers have been both my area of expertise and my passion for most of my life My goal is to provide readers with a thoughtful and rational look at the Cavaliers and the league as a whole Do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail (edammarell1 @ gmailcom) or Twitter (@AmNotEvan)
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