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Tristan Thompson’s Cavaliers career may not be over

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Tristan Thompson’s sizable contract is finally coming to an end, but that does not mean his Cleveland Cavaliers career is over.

Back in October 2015, Thompson signed a 5-year, $82 million contract extension with the Cavs. The deal was so expensive it left many in disbelief, including other NBA players.

Crazily, Thompson’s contract is over since Cleveland did not qualify for the resumed NBA season in Orlando. While one might figure Thompson would be out of the Cavs’ price range, don’t discount the possibility of him returning to the team. That’s what the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Chris Fedor said on the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast.

“My initial thought when the Cavs were excluded from the Disney plan was that Tristan had played his final game with the Cavs,” Fedor said, via Cavs Nation. “So, I reached out to people on both sides of this conversation. Both sides said, ‘Slow down on that, take it easy here, you’re jumping to conclusions.’ When I texted somebody and said, ‘Does this mean Tristan has played his final game with the Cavs?’ I got back, ‘Not necessarily.’ And I believe there’s a chance he comes back.”

“I think there’s also a sense that the Cavs recognize the value that Tristan Thompson brings,” Fedor added. “And Tristan being one of the greatest Cavaliers of all-time and eventually having his jersey hung and continuing to climb the ranks of the all-time Cavs is something that’s meaningful to him.”

Thompson has been with the Cavs since being drafted No. 4 overall in 2011. The 29-year-old big man’s 12.0 points per game this season marked a career-high amount, and his 10.1 rebounds per game neared a career-high mark.

Tristan Thompson says LeBron James has the ‘worst f—ing diet ever’

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LeBron James has worked countless hours throughout his life and career to become one of the greatest athletes the sports world has ever seen, but apparently he worries a lot more about what he does at the gym than the dinner table.

Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic put together a collection of untold LeBron stories from people who know the four-time NBA MVP, and some of the best info they got came from Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson. Thompson said he doesn’t understand how LeBron stays in such great shape considering he has the “worst f—ing diet ever.”

“Ask him what he eats for breakfast,” Thompson said. “He has like five french toast, drowns it in syrup with strawberries and bananas. Then he has like a four-egg omelette and then he goes and just f—ng dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.”

That sounds an awful lot like the diet Michael Phelps supposedly adhered to when he was training for the Olympics, though the swimmer said that was all a myth. Even if LeBron is just trying to keep his calorie count up, it sounds like the only diet he’s on is the “see food and eat it” diet.

“He eats desserts with every meal. He’ll come with his one-week diet, vegan crap, but he literally eats like it doesn’t make sense. He’s really a specimen,” Thompson added. “He eats like s—. I remember one year I tried to eat like he ate and it just didn’t work out. I started gaining weight and said, ‘F— this.’ I mean it works for him. He loves sweets. He loves sweets. He eats desserts and French toast. It’s crazy how his body just burns it.”

LeBron has confirmed in the past that he loves sweets. When he randomly lost a bunch of weight one summer to the point where he looked strange, he said giving up pancakes, chocolate chip cookies and ice cream was the toughest part of his diet.

Whatever LeBron is doing, he shouldn’t change a thing. He’s 35 and still playing at an MVP-caliber level, and he looks like he could do it for another five years at least. If eating dessert after every meal is the secret for him, so be it.

Report: Tristan Thompson will not be bought out by Cavs

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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.

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.

Report: Wizards have trade interest in Tristan Thompson

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are making Tristan Thompson available in trade talks, and a surprising team has interest in him.

Washington Post Wizards reporter Candace Buckner reported on Monday that the Wizards have interest in Thompson.

Thompson is in the final season of his 5-year, $82 million deal and set to become a free agent after the season. But Washington may believe that by having his Bird rights, they would be able to make him an enticing contract offer to stay with them even though they’re not contenders. They do have John Wall coming back at some point and may think things could come together in the future.

Thompson is averaging 11.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season for Cleveland. He turns 29 in March and is young enough to land another multi-year contract. The Cavs are only 13-38 and reportedly are in asset accumulation mode.

Report: Cavaliers make Tristan Thompson available in trade talks

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have been willing to trade most of the veterans on their roster, and that now explicitly includes Tristan Thompson.

According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Cavaliers have made Thompson available in trade talks, with the team entering “asset accumulation mode” ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline.

Thompson may not be the best center potentially on the market, but he’d have significant value to a contender. The 28-year-old is having the best season of his career, averaging 11.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. He’s also making $18.5 million but is in the final year of his contract, meaning teams acquiring him would not have to make any financial commitments beyond this season to get him.

Plenty of contenders were already said to be interested in Thompson before this news. Expect talks to intensify this week ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

Video: Kim Kardashian boos sister’s ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson at Lakers-Cavs game

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Kim Kardashian put family first on Monday night.

Kardashian attended Monday’s Cleveland Cavaliers-Los Angeles Lakers game at Staples Center. Kardashian actually got into things at one point in the game and stood up to boo Tristan Thompson when he was at the free throw line. Here’s the video, via @itsnotapril on Twitter.

Why the bad blood between Kim and Tristan?

Tristan dated Kim’s sister, Khloe, from 2016-2019. The two have a daughter together, but there were multiple reports about Tristan cheating on Khloe.

Kim definitely didn’t forget and made sure to make her voice heard on Monday. As a bonus, the Lakers beat the Cavs 128-99. Thompson went 1-of-2 at the line.

Report: Tristan Thompson drawing trade interest from multiple contenders

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Tristan Thompson might be poised to add to his total of four career NBA Finals appearances.

Chris Fedor of reported Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers big man is generating “plenty” of interest from contending teams around the NBA. Fedor adds that there is a widespread belief that the Cavs are selling off veterans, especially after this month’s trade of guard Jordan Clarkson.

The 28-year-old Thompson, who is making $18.5 million in the final year of his contract, is averaging a double-double for the second straight season with 12.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He has been a lifelong Cav ever since being drafted by them No. 4 overall in 2011.

Thompson’s skillset is well-known around the league — he is an energy big who extends possessions and defends the interior, making him a valuable potential commodity to many a playoff team. The veteran also knows how to provide the postseason intensity, as he has demonstrated in the past.

Tristan Thompson thinks Kyrie Irving deserves his jersey retired by Cavs

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Does Kyrie Irving deserve to have his jersey retired by the Cleveland Cavaliers? One of his former teammates thinks so.

Tristan Thompson spoke on Monday ahead of the team’s home game against the Brooklyn Nets’. Irving signed with Brooklyn this summer after previously forcing a trade from Cleveland to Boston, which led to a question about Irving’s legacy with the Cavs.

Thompson praised his former teammate.

“His jersey will be retired here,” Thompson said of Irving, via 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland. “You see that banner right there? That’s what he means to the franchise. He came in with a lot of expectations and he surpassed them all.”

Irving, 27, was drafted by the Cavs No. 1 overall in 2011 and played his first six seasons with the team. He made four All-Star teams while a member of the Cavs and reached three straight NBA Finals, winning the 2015-2016 NBA championship.

Will that be enough to get his jersey retired? Some with the franchise may hold it against him that he forced a trade away from the team. We know the guy in charge holds a grudge so he might not be eager to honor Irving in that manner, at least not any time soon.

Tristan Thompson to miss 2-4 weeks with foot injury

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Almost everything that can go wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers has this season, and their latest bit of bad news came when Tristan Thompson left Monday’s game with a foot injury that is expected to keep him out for a while.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Thompson was diagnosed with a sprained foot and could miss anywhere from two weeks to a month. The veteran center left Monday’s 108-92 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks after landing awkwardly on Malcolm Brodgon’s foot.

Thompson is averaging 12.0 points and 11.6 rebounds per game for a Cavs team that has already lost Kevin Love to a foot injury. Love is expected to be out until January after he underwent toe surgery.

Even in a disastrous year for the Cavs, Thompson has been very outspoken and was fined recently for getting into it with some opposing fans. He’s a leader on a 6-21 team that doesn’t have many of them left, so losing him will be yet another obstacle for Cleveland to overcome.

Tristan Thompson fined $15K for flipping off heckling fans

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Tristan Thompson is the latest in a string of NBA players who have lost their cool with fans sitting courtside, and the Cleveland Cavaliers star will have a little less money to spend because of it.

The NBA announced on Thursday that Thompson has been fined $15K for making an inappropriate gesture toward a fan when the Cavs visited the Brooklyn Nets Monday night.

A video that was captured by a fan and shared with TMZ showed Thompson being heckled at the Barclays Center, and he responded by flipping the bird.

Thompson was fined slightly less than the $25K Kevin Durant was docked for his interaction with a fan, but that was probably because Durant rained F-bombs on the guy rather than just using a hand gesture. Patrick Beverley was also fined $25K this week, but he threw a ball in the direction of a fan.

If players want to keep their money, they had better start doing a better job of ignoring fans.