Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports broke the news, while Joe Vardon of The Athletic provided the contract details.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 22, 2020
Tristan Thompson is going to the Celtics on a two-year, $19 million deal, a source tells the @TheAthleticNBA
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) November 22, 2020
The Celtics now have their starting center after losing Al Horford to the Philadelphia 76ers in the summer of 2019 and trading Enes Kanter to the Portland Trail Blazers just a few days ago. Tristan Thompson is one of the best rebounders and defenders in the NBA.
During the 2019-20 season with the Cavs, Thompson averaged 12.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from the free-throw line. Cleveland drafted Thompson with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Texas. He finishes his Cavs career with averages of 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 619 games and was part of the 2016 team that won the title over the Golden State Warriors in seven epic games.
The Celtics lost to the Miami Heat in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals at Walt Disney World in six games in the NBA bubble. Thompson will certainly help the team on the boards and on defense.
After signing Thompson, the expectation is for the Celtics to secure small forward Jayson Tatum with a lucrative rookie-scale extension. The All-Star is one of the best young players in the league and has earned the money coming his way.