The NBA trade deadline is almost upon us, as there are only eight weeks left in the regular season before some players are forced to move.
Several contenders are going to be looking to dig deep in the market to help their winning cause while rebuilding teams will try to get their contracts off their books in an attempt to clear the salary cap.
And, according to Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, a veteran that could be on the move pretty soon is Tristan Thompson, as the Cleveland Cavaliers are in no position to compete and his future with the franchise is still up in the air. However, they’d look for a first-round pick in return, which could be difficult to get:
“Because of Thompson’s contract situation, his murky future and the many ways he can help a playoff contender, there’s been plenty of chatter about him being dealt ahead of the Feb. 6 deadline, especially if the Cavs get a first-round pick in return,” Fedor wrote.
The Cavaliers already parted ways with Jordan Clarkson and are reportedly trying to move Kevin Love’s massive deal ahead of the trade deadline as well, so Thompson could be the last man standing if they don’t find enough value in return.
However, with his outstanding job this season and his top-notch abilities in the offensive glass, there must definitely be a lot of market for the Canadian.
Thus far, the 9-year veteran is averaging 12.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game on 50% from the floor and 42% from three-point range, although he’s still struggling from the line at just 57%.
While it may be difficult for Thompson to live up to his huge contract extension, he’s by far a better option than several other trade candidates for teams looking to add depth in the paint and a huge presence in the glass.