Canadian Tristan Thompson agrees to two-year, $19M deal with Celtics

Ross Houston
November 22, 2020

After missing out on Myles Turner earlier in the weekend, the Celtics finally have their big man.

CLEVELAND, OHIO - OCTOBER 26: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after a dunk against the Indiana Pacers during the first half at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 26, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.


The veteran big man has reached an agreement to join the Boston Celtics, a two-year deal worth $19 million, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. He won a championship in Cleveland with LeBron James when the Cavaliers went on their run in 2016.

Thompson has produced for Cleveland, averaging a double-double the past two seasons after never having done so previously in his career. An elite rebounder, Thompson has tortured the Celtics on the offensive glass in the past.


He arrives in Boston, giving their frontcourt immediate help, alongside Daniel Theis and Robert Williams, with his ability to protect the rim and switch out onto the perimeter to defend smaller guards.

And this past season, he averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game while showing some deep shooting range (9-of-23 from the 3-point line) for the first time in his career. The team also has Tacko Fall as a fourth center.


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