Kelsey Russo, who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers for The Athletic, believes the team will let F/C Tristan Thomson walk at the end of this season, the last of his five-year, $82M deal. (Kelsey Russo on Twitter)
The Cavaliers traded for C Andre Drummond in February ahead of the NBA trade deadline likely to replace Thompson as the Center of the future in Cleveland. Drummond is expected to opt-in to the final year of his contract, which will allow the Cavaliers a year to see if he’s a good fit in their system. Thompson, a former fourth-overall pick in 2011, has played nine seasons in Cleveland, averaging 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds in 28 minutes per game for his career. Still only 29 years old, Thompson will likely find a home in the NBA with another team if Cleveland were to let him walk in free agency.