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NBA Rumors: Celtics And Lakers Could Land Tristan Thompson If If He Gets Bought Out By Cavs

(via Fadeaway World)

(via Fadeaway World)

In a recent episode of The Bill Simmons Podcast, Kevin O’Connor and Bill Simmons of The Ringer discussed 28-year-old Tristan Thompson and his future with the Cavaliers.

“Because Tristan Thompson is having a really good year. He makes almost $19 million and he’s someone that would absolutely help a playoff team,” Simmons said, as quoted by Matt Burke of Metro USA. “But he also makes enough money where it’s a little unrealistic that he would get traded. It’s almost more realistic, as crazy as this sounds, that he would get bought out and then somebody would sign him at the end of February. If you’re Cleveland, you don’t want to take a giant contract back in a trade. I’d rather just buy him out and save $4 million.”

Among the list of suitors were the Los Angeles Lakers who, after losing DeMarcus Cousins, have a need for frontcourt depth. Thompson would come off the bench for the team and likely dominate against the second-unit. With an abundance of playmakers (Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, LeBron James) he would get easy shots around the rim.

Another team in the fold is the Celtics. The departure of Al Horford as left them with a void that Enes Kanter has been unable to fill so far. His ability to rebound and make shots around the rim would be especially useful next to a team full of shooters.

No matter which way you slice it, Thompson would be an asset for virtually any team. At 28-years-old, and averaging a career-high mark in points (13.2), his value will never be as high. We will see how Cleveland responds in the weeks to come.