Tristan Thompson understands if Cavs trade him
The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped to 9-39 after their loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, so, they obviously aren’t going anywhere. Naturally, there are plenty of trade rumors swirling around the Cavs, as they are clearly in rebuilding mode and don’t have much need for their veterans. One such veteran is long-time big man Tristan Thompson, who is apparently drawing interest from the San Antonio Spurs.
Thompson understands the nature of the business, so he has no problem with his name being included in trade talks:
“Blake Griffin got traded,” said Thompson, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic. “At the end of the day, if the trade is right and the pieces are guys they feel can help the franchise moving forward, I’m totally understanding. It’s a business. If you don’t have a no-trade clause, anything can happen.”
Tristan Thompson has missed 13 games this year, including the last three due to a sore left foot.
There has been some speculation that the Cavs are merely sitting him out as not to risk an injury before trading him.
On the year, Thompson is averaging 11.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 2.5 assists over 29.8 minutes per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the floor and 64.7 percent from the free-throw line.
The 27-year-old is making $17 million this season and has $18.5 million coming to him next year, so he may be a somewhat difficult salary to match.
However, there is no doubt that Tristan Thompson, who has an NBA title under his belt and has been to four straight finals, would have some value to a contender.