The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Thompson with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Texas. Cleveland signed Double T to a two-year, $7.38 million rookie contract. Thompson made $2,999,459 during his rookie season. He averaged 8.2 points and 6.5 rebounds, en route to making the All-Rookie team.
In his second season, Tristan Thompson put up 11.7 points and 9.4 boards while making $3,894,240. It was a no brainer for the Cavs to exercise their third-year option on Thompson. It was worth $4,062,000. Tristan averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds in his third season and was starting to establish himself as one of the best rebounders in the NBA.
However, the Cavs and Tristan Thompson weren't able to agree to a rookie-scale extension before the start of the 2014-15 season. The Toronto native made $5,138,430 that year and finished the season with averages of 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.
In the 2015 playoffs, where the Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games in the NBA Finals, Thompson averaged 9.6 points and 10.8 boards in 20 games. He set himself up for a lucrative contract in restricted free agency.
Before the start of the 2015-16 season, the Cavs signed Tristan Thompson to a five-year, $82 million contract. The rebounding machine made $14,260,870 in 2015-16 and helped the franchise win the 2016 championship over the Warriors in historic fashion.
The Cavs became the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals.
Tristan Thompson followed his 2015-16 championship season by averaging 8.1 points and 9.2 rebounds in 2016-17. He made $15,330,435 and was once again a key cog for the team on the boards.
The Cavs, though, fell to the Warriors in the 2017 Finals. That was the case again in 2017-18. Thompson made $16,400,000 and put up 5.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. However, the Warriors were just too powerful with Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry leading the charge.
The 2018-19 season was the first year of the second post-LeBron James era. Tristan Thompson made $17,469,565 and averaged a double-double for the first time in his career. He put up 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds but the Cavs were awful and missed the playoffs.
Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, Tristan Thompson was set to make $18,539,130, the final year of his contract. The 29-year-old veteran big man becomes an unrestricted free agent whenever the 2020 offseason period begins.