Report: Tristan Thompson will not be bought out by Cavs
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not trade Tristan Thompson ahead of Thursday’s deadline, and the veteran big man is now expected to finish the season with the team.
The Cavs made a blockbuster move on Thursday when they acquired Andre Drummond from the Detroit Pistons, and that led to speculation that they would either trade Thompson or buy out his contract. However, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports that the Cavs plan to keep Thompson on their roster for the remainder of the year before he becomes a free agent.
League source says there will be no buyout for Tristan Thompson in Cleveland, and that he will play out the season with the Cavs before hitting free agency this summer.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) February 6, 2020
Cleveland seemingly has less use for Thompson now after acquiring Drummond, and Thompson has reportedly drawn interest from multiple contending teams. The 28-year-old is averaging 11.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
The market would likely be robust for Thompson if the Cavs were to buy him out.