Report: Cavs’ Tristan Thompson could return Saturday vs. Pistons
After being out commission for more than a month now, Cleveland Cavaliers veteran big man Tristan Thompson appears to be on track to make his return to the court soon.
According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, the 6-foot-10 center has been making steady progress in his recovery from a foot injury, and might just be able to suit up for the Cavs as early as this weekend:
About those injuries, a source told me Tristan Thompson (left foot soreness) might play Saturday against the Pistons. His last game was Jan. 16 in Portland, after which the Cavs shut him down after a previously sprained left foot was sore. He’s missed 17 consecutive games. Drew said Thompson practiced after the All-Star break and didn’t feel great the following day, which the team determined to mean he wasn’t ready. Thompson denies there was a setback, though a source close to him said he had a minor calf issue in addition to the sore foot. At any rate, if Thompson practices Friday, he could play Saturday or Sunday. I’m skeptical, but I thought I’d tell you what a source close to him said.
To be clear, the Cavs have yet to announce a specific target date for Thompson, and as a matter of fact, the team has been extremely cautious in handling the injury of their big man.
Nonetheless, Vardon is definitely a reliable source, which means that even if Thompson is unable to play on Saturday or Sunday, he should be able to take the court sooner rather than later.