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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%: 69/32 | Average Draft Position: 121.67
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Lebron James: Cavaliers should keep Tristan Thompson


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Cavaliers forward LeBron James made a pitch for the team to hold onto center Tristan Thompson.

The Cavs passed on the chance to extend Thompson prior to the season, but, after he averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds this year, James is ready to endorse him for the long term.

"Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said on Monday, per Cleveland.com. "There's no reason why he shouldn't. This guy is 24 years old. He's played in 340?plus straight games, and he's gotten better every single season. It's almost like, 'What more can you ask out of a guy?'" 


Hawks' Paul Millsap 'wouldn't mind' guarding LeBron in Game 2


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) With Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll battling a knee injury, teammate Paul Millsap volunteered to guard LeBron James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Millsap said he "wouldn't mind" guarding LeBron, per Cleveland.com.

After making the offer, Millsap admitted that me might be best used elsewhere. 

"We've got to be smart about it," he said. "If they've got (Timofey) Mozgov and Tristan Thompson in the game, more than likely not. Probably need to put a body on Tristan Thompson. Maybe if they go to a smaller lineup."


Tristan Thompson: 'Ready to bang' against Hawks


(5/19/2015) Center Tristan Thompson is ready for the physicality that awaits his Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks, despite his bruised left shoulder, according to the Associated Press.

"I'm ready to bang," Thompson said.

Since entering the starting lineup in Game 2 of the Chicago series, he has averaged 8.5 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.

The Cavs and Hawks will tip-off Game 1 of the series on Wednesday.


Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson able to practice on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson was able to practice on Saturday, per Ohio.com.

Thompson is suffering from a shoulder injury. 

The Cavaliers open the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday. 


Cavaliers PG Kyrie Irving happy Tristan Thompson starting


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) The placement of Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup for Game 4 has point guard Kyrie Irving smiling a bit more.

"We get our 3-man back," Irving told Bleacher Report.

Irving was referring to LeBron James, who was forced to play power forward in the opener as a replacement for injured Kevin Love. Irving prefers James to push the pace with him rather than play in the post.

The insertion of Thompson into a starting role prevents the Cavaliers from bringing any big men off the bench unless they are willing to play little-used Kendrick Perkins.


Report: Tristan Thompson in, Mike Miller out of Cavaliers lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Cavaliers power forward and super sub Tristan Thompson, who led the NBA this season in offensive rebounding off the bench, will reportedly not be a super sub in Game 2 of the playoff series against Chicago on Wednesday night. He is set to start, league sources have told the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Thompson came off the bench in the first-game loss and managed four points and eight rebounds in 37 minutes. With Thompson pairing up with LeBron James and Timofey Mozgov, the Cavaliers would boast a frontcourt of three players 6-foot-8 and taller.

The move would send Mike Miller to the bench. Miller, who did not play at all in the first-round series against Boston, failed to provide much production in the opener.

It remains to be seen who Thompson guards, but he might match up with Pau Gasol, whose length and mid-range jumper wreaked havoc on the Cavaliers in Game 1.


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 | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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.