Tristan Thompson finalizing return to Cavaliers

Tristan Thompson finalizing return to Cavaliers

Free-agent big man Tristan Thompson is finalizing a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent told The Athletic’s Shams Charania on Monday.

Thompson will return to the franchise that drafted him fourth overall in 2011. He played his first nine NBA seasons in Cleveland, which included a championship run with LeBron James in 2016.

The 32-year-old has played a smaller role since leaving Cleveland, coming off the bench with the Boston Celtics in 2020-21 and splitting time between the Sacramento Kings, Indiana Pacers, and Chicago Bulls in 2021-22.

Thompson didn’t suit up for an NBA squad last regular season but signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the playoffs, reuniting with James. He played six games on the team’s run to the Western Conference finals.

Always known for his rebounding prowess, Thompson figures to play a bench role behind a young Cavaliers frontcourt featuring Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen.

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