At 7:58 PM EST, Chris Haynes announced that former Cavaliers center, Tristan Thompson, has signed a 2-year $19 million dollar deal. This singing comes on the heels of the Gordon Hayward news and stops some of the talent exodus occurring in Boston.
Thompson is the exact player Boston fans were foaming at the mouth for. He may not be the perimeter shooting threat of Myles Turner, but his interior presence is much needed. Thompson averages just a hair under 1 BPG at 0.9, but he is one of the league’s best offensive rebounders.
The Cavaliers’ addition of Andre Drummond took a dig into Thompson’s production, causing his numbers to be exceptionally lower than what he’s fully capable of. In an enhanced role in Boston, expect Thomspon to ascend up the ranks in the NBA’s center hierarchy. I’d also like to briefly add, Thompson shot 39% from three last season. Though it was on 0.4 attempts per game, he did make real improvements in that area.
With Hayward’s departure, it’s refreshing to see that Boston’s front office has a plan. Hopefully, Tristan Thompson is the first in a string of many moves, because unfortunately, his addition does not propel back into title contention, solely due to lack of depth, talent, and identity.
Do you think Thompson’s addition is a good or bad move or just meh. Let me know in the comments below.