Of all of the NBA large males who’ve been talked about in reference to the Celtics in current months, one of many least more likely to be a part of the workforce appeared to be Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson. In any case, Thompson had spent all 9 years of his profession because the starter for the Cavs, the Celtics’ greatest current rival, and is a shopper of Wealthy Paul and Klutch Sports activities, who was mentioned to have steered fellow shopper Anthony Davis away from the Celtics when Boston was contemplating buying and selling for Davis final yr.
However Thompson is their man, it appears.
Sources: Two-year, $19 million deal for Tristan Thompson in Boston. https://t.co/U6p14ooIwg
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 22, 2020
The Celtics gave the impression to be on the point of a sign-and-trade for Myles Turner of the Pacers on Friday. Boston had additionally been related to facilities like Clint Capela of Atlanta and Andre Drummond, additionally of the Cavs.
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There was some dialogue, too, from Sports activities Illustrated, of Thompson heading to the Lakers, the place he may be a part of the rising group of Klutch purchasers, which now consists of LeBron James, Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and newly signed Montrezl Harrell, who bolted from the Clippers on Friday. However the rumor mill was skinny on Thompson-to-Boston hypothesis.
After the signing of Harrell and Matthews, Thompson would have doubtless been compelled to take the veterans’ minimal to affix the Lakers.
Thompson Might Exchange Celtics Middle Daniel Theis
As an alternative, Thompson is headed to Boston, which had its midlevel exception freed up when ahead Gordon Hayward unexpectedly signed with the Hornets on Saturday. Thompson will get two years and $19 million, that means he signed for the Celtics’ full midlevel exception, which begins at $9.Three million.
Thompson is 29 and is coming off the perfect yr of his profession, at the least when it comes to manufacturing. He averaged a career-high 12.1 factors and a pair of.1 assists, whereas additionally including 10.1 rebounds. He’s not a floor-spacer—he has taken simply 32 3-pointers in his profession—however stays inside himself offensively. He has shot 51.8% from the sector within the NBA.
Thompson will handle an space that proved to be a weak spot for the Celtics within the Jap Convention finals once they struggled to include Miami large man Bam Adebayo—Boston doesn’t have a middle on the roster how might be bodily sufficient down low.
Theis Had Knee Surgical procedure After the Postseason
The Celtics began Daniel Theis at middle for the majority of the season, however Theis is 6-foot-Eight and solely 245 kilos. He dealt with the position nicely, however gamers like Adebayo left him (and others, to be honest) overmatched.
There may be some wider concern about Theis’ knee, which required surgical procedure after the postseason this yr. In March 2018 he had surgical procedure to repair a torn lateral meniscus in the identical knee. He did return the next season, and performed 66 video games.
Daniel Theis is with workforce for Recreation 6. It’s his 1st journey since present process season-ending meniscus surgical procedure in March. “At first, it was arduous to observe video games, being damage. Now it’s simply enjoyable.”
Full vid of Theis on surgical procedure, timeline, Scary Terry shirts: https://t.co/r5pOlmKMen pic.twitter.com/D6cTtWUhih
— Chris Forsberg (@ChrisForsberg_) Could 25, 2018
In the course of the season, Theis put collectively his greatest yr, averaging 9.2 factors and 6.6 rebounds, capturing 56.6% from the sector, a profession excessive. However when the Celtics got here again to complete the season within the NBA’s bubble surroundings, he was particularly efficient, averaging 10.Zero factors, 7.2 rebounds and a pair of.5 assists with 1.Three blocks in 27.Three minutes per recreation within the workforce’s first six video games. He was given the ultimate game-and-a-half off. He additionally shot 58.5% from the sector and 42.9% from the 3-point line.
Theis was good within the first 10 video games of the Celtics’ run, averaging 10.Zero factors and 6.Eight rebounds, with 1.four blocks. He shot 51.9% from the sector, however his 3-point capturing fell to only 19.0% and he shied away from making an attempt these pictures.
His offense sank within the last seven video games of the Celtics’ run, when he averaged 7.four factors and seven.6 rebounds.
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