There’s not a whole lot going for the Cavs, who are now, after losing LeBron James, riding the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. Fortunately, they may have a way of improving their long-term outlook.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, Tristan Thompson is generating interest by opposing GMs around the league and could put the Cavs in the position to make a move.
According to sources, there’s also interest in Tristan Thompson. Why wouldn’t there be? The big man is in the midst of his best season and his leadership has been invaluable. Letting him go would be incredibly risky and the Cavs know that.
In the same article, Fedor notes another problem in a potential Thompson trade
There’s another obstacle in a Thompson deal: His contract — unless a third team gets involved to take some of that salary back. Sure, the Cavs will take a high-priced player or two to make a deal match, but they only want to make moves like that if a first-round pick comes as well.
The notion that Tristan is having his best season ever is no joke. He’s averaging a career-high 11.8 points per game with a career-high 11.3 rebounds per game. True, the team is due to pay him over $35 million over the next two seasons, but he’s a guy that could have a long-term place in Cleveland’s plans.
The decision to trade him or not will depend solely on what kind of offers the Cavs receive for him. Role-players and experienced veterans won’t be enough. Picks and young players, however, could easily get the job done.