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13 Tristan Thompson C
Height/Weight: 6-9/238 | Birthdate: 3/13/1991 | Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: Texas | NBA Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 75/39 | Average Draft Position: 121.64
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Tristan Thompson gets 14 points, 19 rebounds in Cavaliers' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Tristan Thompson came off the bench to record a double-double for the Cavaliers in Sunday's 105-103 overtime loss to the Rockets. 

Thompson had 14 points on five-of-nine shooting. He also grabbed a season-high 19 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end.

Thompson came up big in the fourth quarter, scoring eight points and gathering 10 boards. He scored the final points of regulation, tying the game at the free throw line with 1:09 left. 

The Cavaliers next host the Celtics on Tuesday. 


Cavaliers rule Kevin Love (eye) out of Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) The Cavaliers ruled forward Kevin Love (eye) out of Thursday's game, reports The Plain Dealer.

Love suffered a corneal abrasion during Wednesday's contest and was considered questionable for Thursday's game. Tristan Thompson will start in place of Love.

The Cavaliers are 2 1/2-point favorites.


Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson adapting to role off the bench


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) With the mid-season addition of Timofey Mozgov, Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson is adapting to his role off the bench, working behind Mozgov and Kevin Love, respectively, according to the The News-Herald and The Morning Journal.

"I'm bringing the energy," Thompson said, who will be a restricted free agent next season. "That's my role on this team. That leads to getting extra possessions on the court. Defensively, just taking on the challenge of guarding the other team's best big and giving Timo and Kevin a breather."

The 23-year-old is averaging 9.0 points and 8.4 boards per game, and is shooting a career-best 52.1 percent from the floor this season. During Cleveland's 11-game winning streak, Thompson has grabbed eight-plus rebounds in nine of 11 games.

"He's doing a great job," coach David Blatt said. "He's defending post players, rebounding and finishing when we ask him to. Sometimes he plays in tandem with Kevin and Timo.

"He's been very solid throughout the year. We're getting that maximum effort every time he steps on the floor. It's a big part of what he brings to the table and what we need from him."


Cavs' Tristan Thompson doubles up Thunder in win Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson scored 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds in Cleveland's 108-98 win over the Thunder Sunday. Coming off the bench, it was Thompson's season-high for rebounds in a game. It was also his 11th double-double of the season.

Thompson blocked three shots on the evening.


Cavaliers PF Tristan Thompson doubles up vs. Clippers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson scored 24 points on 10 of 12 shooting while hauling in 12 rebounds in his team's 126-121 win over the Clippers Friday.

Thompson was one of three Cleveland players to play 40 minutes in the win (LeBron James, Kyrie Irving), and all three delivered sparkling performances. The power forward notched his second straight double-double while kicking in two blocks. He'll square off with the Bulls Monday.


Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson picks up 11 rebounds on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson picked up 11 rebounds on Thursday against the Lakers.

Thompson didn't get the start, but still managed to dominate the boards while coming off the bench. He was able to split his rebounds evenly on the floor, picking up six on the defensive end and five offensive rebounds. He added two blocks. Thompson wasn't a big scoring threat, coming up with five points. 


Report: Cavs' Thompson rejected $52 million extension before deadline


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson turned down a four-year, $52 million extension prior to the start of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports noted in his latest column on Cleveland's struggles this season.

Thompson is represented by LeBron James' agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. He and the Cavaliers were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension by the Oct. 31 deadline, and as a result, he will become a restricted free agent next offseason. Wojnarowski noted that Thompson won't see that kind of contract on the restricted free agent market this summer.

In his fourth year in the league, Thompson is averaging 9.7 points and 7.9 rebounds per game coming off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov, his lowest numbers since his rookie campaign. He averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a full-time starter last season.


Timofey Mozgov not expected to make Cavs' debut on Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) Updating a previous item: Newly acquired Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov has yet to pass a physical and will likely sit out Friday's game at Golden State, per ESPN. A previous report had Mozgov making his debut and starting over Tristan Thompson.

Mozgov was acquired by the Cavaliers from the Nuggets on Wednesday. In 38 games, the big man from Russia averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.


Cavs C Timofey Mozgov will be in starting lineup vs. Warriors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) Newly acquired Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov will make his debut as a starter Friday night against the Warriors, according to Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer. The move will shift Tristan Thompson to the bench, with both centers likely splitting minutes moving forward.

"I've come off the bench most of the season," Thompson said. "Whatever it takes for us to win. [I'll] come out and join the bench mob again. Bring the energy with myself, Delly [Matthew Dellavedova] and all the other guys so that's a role that I embrace and I'm trying to be the X-factor."

Mozgov was acquired by the Cavaliers from the Nuggets on Wednesday. In 38 games, the big man from Russia averaged 8.5 points and 7.8 rebounds.


Cavs F Tristan Thompson fine with losing starting job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson, who has started eight straight games, is going back to the bench starting Friday at Golden State, the first on a five-game trip. Newly-acquired big man Timothy Mozgov will start.

"I've come off the bench most of the season," Thompson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Whatever it takes for us to win. [I'll] come out and join the bench mob again. Bring the energy with myself, [Matthew] Delly and all the other guys so that's a role that I embrace and I'm trying to be the X-factor."

Thompson averaged 13.2 points, 11.9 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in his starting gig.


What do we do with the new-look Cavaliers' front court?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Cavaliers got the big man they've been looking for Wednesday, when they moved a pair of first-round picks to the Nuggets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov. What should Fantasy owners think about the Cavalier's frontcourt now?

If anything, this move should be a positive for Kevin Love, who gets to space the floor around a true big man. For Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao's gifts, they aren't going to attract the kind of attention near the rim Mozgov will when he's rolling, and he could have a similar impact on Love's outside game that Nikola Pekovic did when the two played together in Minnesota.

The news isn't so great for Thompson, who looked like a really solid Fantasy contributor in the wake of Varejao's season-ending injury. Thompson has been averaging 10.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over the last 10, and was seeing even more playing time recently, with 40.4 minutes per game under his belt over the last five. He'll still get plenty of playing time, but I'm not sure he has much value as a 25-minute-per-game player. If that's where things fall, he'll end up as just a low-end Fantasy option, but it is still worth hanging on to him for a few weeks to see how they choose to deploy him.

For his part, Mozgov's value doesn't change much. He probably loses a bit, but it's not like he was a big Fantasy contributor lately anyways. He is an offensively skilled big man and a solid rebounder and shot blocker, but the Cavaliers probably aren't going to rely on him too heavily, so you're probably looking at a reserve big man in most leagues.

The Cavaliers desperately needed a big man, and they got a pretty good one. However, this seems like a move that will make more of an impact in real life than the Fantasy realm. 


Cavaliers PF Tristan Thompson doubles up vs. Pistons


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting while racking up 11 rebounds in his team's 103-80 loss to the Pistons Sunday.

Thompson pulled in seven of his 11 rebounds on the offensive end to help deliver his sixth double-double of the season. Though Thompson entered the game averaging 26.4 minutes per game, he played 37 minutes Sunday after seeing 40 minutes of action Friday. After the quality effort, he could continue to see extended minutes Tuesday against the Hawks.


Report: Cavs C Anderson Varejao (Achilles) out for the season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Cavaliers starting center Anderson Varejao will miss the rest of the season after landing awkwardly and tearing his Achilles tendon in Tuesday's win over the Timberwolves, reports Yahoo Sports. Varejao was averaging 9.8 points and 6.5 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game.

Tristan Thompson is expected to move into the starting lineup. He's averaged 8.8 points and 7.1 rebounds off the bench. Cleveland visits the Heat on Thursday.


Cavaliers PF Tristan Thompson doubles up vs. Thunder


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson scored 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting while racking up 13 rebounds in his team's 103-94 loss to the Thunder Thursday.

The double-double was the third in the team's last four games for Thompson, who also managed two blocks and one assist in 30 minutes off the bench. The loss puts to rest an eight-game winning streak for the Cavaliers. They'll look to get back on track Friday against the Pelicans.


Cavaliers PF Thompson explodes for 21 and 14 in Friday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/5/2014) Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson doesn't start, but he's out there in the fourth quarter. He certainly played a key role down the stretch Friday in Toronto as his team avenged an earlier defeat to the Raptors.

Thompson scored 15 of his season-high 21 points in the fourth quarter. He added 14 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.


Cavs F Tristan Thompson gets the start, posts second double-double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) With Anderson Varejao (rib) sidelined, Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson got the start and notched his second double-double of the season in his team's 109-97 victory over Indiana.

Thompson got off to a slow start and was held scoreless with one rebound in the opening period. He bounced back and finished the game with 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting from the field, and 5 of 10 from the free throw line. He also chipped in with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block while logging 39 minutes of game action.

Following the win, coach David Blatt called Thompson the "unsung hero" of the night.

"I thought Tristan was outstanding," Blatt said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I thought he set the tone for us physically battling David West, who is a terrific basketball player. David scored a few, but they came hard. Tristan was all around the basket and all around the paint legally putting his body on people and being a presence. He played a lot of minutes, which he has not up to this point. He took the challenge and took responsibility. He really gave us a great game. In my mind sort of the unsung hero of the night."


Cavaliers PF Tristan Thompson to become restricted free agent


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2014) The Cavaliers and power forward Tristan Thompson were unable to come to an agreement on a contract extension by Friday's midnight deadline, meaning Thompson will become a restricted free agent next offseason.

The Cavaliers offered Thompson upwards of $48 million, according to FOX Sports Ohio, but the two sides were unable to come to terms on a potential extension.


Extension doesn't appear likely for Cavaliers F Tristan Thompson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2014) The Cavaliers and power forward/center Tristan Thompson are still far apart in extension talks and both sides are unlikely to to come to an agreement by Friday's midnight deadline, Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports.

Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season. He'll become a restricted free agent at the end of the season, if both sides fail to reach an agreement.


Report: Cavaliers PF Thompson signing could be in works


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) Optimism has replaced pessimism for the Cavaliers in regard to signing power forward/center Tristan Thompson to a contract extension, multiple sources have told the Akron Beacon Journal.

Thompson will become a restricted free agent if an agreement isn't reached prior to the Friday deadline. The team would be allowed to match any offer, but it might not reach that point.

"We'd like to sign Tristant long-term to the Cavaliers; I don't think that's any secret," owner Dan Gilbert said Wednesday. "I believe they'd like to do that as well. So we'll hopefully see what happens this week."

Complicating matters is the possible extension of teammate and fellow center Anderson Varejao, whose presence played a role in the return of buddy LeBron James to Cleveland. Varejao is making $9.7 million this year and the team wants him back. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game as a full-time starter last year, but will be coming off the bench to start this season.


Report: 'Zero discussion' on extension for Cavs' Tristan Thompson


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2014) The Cavaliers and forward Tristan Thompson have had "zero discussion on an extension" with the Oct. 31 deadline less than a week away, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. If the two sides don't agree to a deal befor the deadline, Thompson will become a restricted free agent next offseason.


Report: Varejao beats out Thompson as Cavs starting center


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) What was speculated has become official -- Anderson Varejao is the starting center for the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Both players performed well in exhibition play, but Varejao provides more of an interior defensive presence and has improved his offensive game markedly. Thompson has also become a greater offensive threat, but is considered more of a power forward on defense.


Report: Cavs likely to start Varejao over Thompson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Early speculation that Tristan Thompson would start at center for the Cavaliers and energetic teammate Anderson Varejao would come off the bench has been refuted by the News Herald, which is claiming that the latter is all but set to start.

Both players have performed well in the preseason. Varejao however, is a favorite of LeBron James, who praised the Brazilian upon his return to Cleveland from Miami.

"He's the same Andy," James said. "If you ask him to run through six walls, he'll run through seven. He'll fight for every loose ball. He'll dive on the floor. He'll set screens. He'll help you out when you get knocked down. If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy."

There's the rub. Varejao has lost 166 games to injury over the last four years. That constitutes more than half the games during that stretch.


Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson to be held out Tuesday


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(10/14/2014) Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will be held out of action Tuesday, according to Cavs.com.

Thompson is dealing with a sore right shoulder. The move is considered precautionary, and Thompson could return to action soon.


Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson a candidate to start at center?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) The Cavaliers are contemplating using 6-foot-9 Tristan Thompson as their starting center this season in order to give the team a more athletic lineup, according to the News-Herald. If that happens, Thompson is hoping to learn from playing next to newly-acquired forward Kevin Love.

"I can learn a lot from Kevin," Thompson said. "He's a phenomenal rebounder. His outlet passes are the best I've ever seen since watching basketball." Thompson said. "Our games are totally different, but at the same time, we complement each other. He can space the floor, shoot the 3 and he's a terrific passer. For me, I play around the rim."


Tristan Thompson struggling in crowded frontcourt


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson has been stuck with an inconsistent role since the return of Anderson Varejao from a back injury, and he played just 21 minutes Tuesday against the Heat.

Though Thompson has remained the team's starting power forward, he failed to reach 30 minutes for the third game in a row. He did score 10 points on 3 of 4 shooting to end a two-game single-digit scoring streak, though he added just four rebounds in the 100-96 loss.

Thompson has scored in double figures just four times in eight March contests, and is averaging just 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in the month.