CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) -The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a free agent deal with veteran center/forward Tristan Thompson.
Thompson, who spent a portion of last season with the Lakers, returns to Cleveland after helping the Cavaliers win the 2016 NBA Championship and four runs to the NBA Finals.
“Tristan embodies every trait we want as part of our team culture, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring his experience and character back into our franchise,” said Cavaliers President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman.
“His impact both on and off the court is immeasurable, and his history with our team adds a layer of familiarity, leadership and physicality that will undoubtedly make a positive impact with our younger players. An integral part of our four consecutive NBA Finals trips and an NBA Championship in 2016, Tristan represented the organization with the utmost charm and professionalism during his nine seasons in Northeast Ohio. We are thrilled to reunite with Tristan and welcome him and his family back to the Cavaliers family.”
Thompson was originally selected by the Cavaliers with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Texas.
In addition to the Cavaliers, he has also played with the Celtics, Kings, Pacers, Bulls and Lakers.
For his career, Thompson has appeared in 730 games and has career averages of 9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1 assist per game.