Celtics to sign Tristan Thompson to reported 2-year, $19M deal

Tanya Simon
November 22, 2020

Veteran big man Tristan Thompson is signing with the Boston Celtics, ending his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Instead, the Celtics chose to sign Thompson to a two-year deal, with his rebounding ability helping complement a lineup that ended up reaching the Eastern Conference finals this past season.

After nine seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers who drafted him, Thompson has come to terms on a two-year pact with Boston, worth $19 million.

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Thompson started his National Basketball Association run with Cavaliers in 2012 and averaged a double-double with 12 points and 10.1 rebounds for a second consecutive season in 2019-20. Tristan Thompson is one of the best rebounders and defenders in the National Basketball Association. He'll factor into the "big man" spot in the Celtics rotation with Daniel Theis and Robert Williams.

Thompson figures to shore up the interior weaknesses of Boston's starting five, offering post-scoring and rebounding to a club that features perimeter stars like Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.

NBA.com's Scott Rafferty had ranked Thompson as the 20th-best available player entering free agency, as the 29-year-old centre proved this past season he still has plenty left in the tank. The Celtics will be just his second team since he was drafted with the No. 4 pick in 2011.

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