NBA Rumors: Tristan Thompson to sign with Celtics on two-year, $19M contract
Report: Thompson joined C's on a two-year $ 19 million deal with NBC Sports Boston
Reinforcements are on their way to Boston.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers great Tristan Thompson has agreed to a two-year deal with the Celtics worth $ 19 million, The Athletic's Joe Vardon reported on Saturday. Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes was the first to report the agreement.
The 29-year-old tall man has spent his last nine seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who voted him fourth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Thompson averaged double-doubles for Cleveland last season (12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) and should give an instant boost to Boston's forecourt, which Enes Kanter and Vincent Poirier lost to trades this week. He's also one of the NBA's top offensive rebounders, finishing second in this category last season with 4.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Thompson's deal comes hours after Gordon Hayward signed a four-year, $ 120 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets that did nothing for the Celtics.
However, Hayward's departure allowed Boston to use its mid-tier exception to win Thompson, and the Cs could potentially investigate a trade after he signed.
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