It’s unclear what the future holds between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson but what is clear is that his teammates what the veteran big man to stay in Northeast Ohio.
Late Monday night, All-Star forward Kevin Love tweeted that the Cavaliers top priority heading into next season should be to re-sign Thompson, who will be a unrestricted free agent in October.
Their teammate Larry Nance Jr. also chimed in, saying Thompson is an important part to the Cavaliers roster.
Thompson’s five-year, $82 million dollar contract will expire and he’ll become a unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career. The 29-year-old has spent all nine seasons in Cleveland, the team that drafted him with the fourth overall pick back in 2011.
Thompson has been a vital member of the organization through the good and bad times as he was part of the rebuilding process after Lebron James departed the first time, part of the teams that went to four straight NBA Finals and the Cavs’ first NBA championship and now part of the second rebuilding process after Lebron James departed once again two years ago.
His veteran leadership and guidance towards the likes of Collin Sexton, Kevin Porter Jr., Cedi Osman, and Darius Garland have helped with their development and growth as NBA players and despite the losing, hasn’t publicly shown frustration and has been a solid professional.
The situation could get tricky for the Cavaliers because they already have Love, Nance Jr., and Andre Drummond in the frontcourt and each already have a hefty salary although Drummond will be entering the final season of his deal.
There’s also the draft to keep an eye on as the Cavaliers could target Memphis center James Wiseman or USC forward/center Onyeka Okongwu depending on where they fall in the draft lottery on August 20.
Thompson may also want to play for a contender and could have some suitors like the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers where Thompson lives during the offseason and where his daughter True lives with his girlfriend, Khloe Kardashian.