On Monday the Cavaliers said “good-bye” to now former forward Tristan Thompson, one of the final pieces of their championship team from the 2016 season.
Thompson last week agreed to a two-year deal worth a reported $19 million with the Boston Celtics, ending a nine-year run with the Cavaliers.
In his tenure with the Cavs, Thompson averaged 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Last season the 29-year-old put up a career-high 12.0 points per game, adding 10.1 rebounds prior to the Cavs season ending in mid-March.
Here’s the tweet the Cavs sent out this afternoon regarding Thompson.
A champion. A mentor. A friend.@RealTristan13 represented The Land with the utmost grace during his nine seasons in Northeast Ohio.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 30, 2020
The team also sent out an official release about Thompson, talking about how he represented the city during his tenure.
“Tristan Thompson represented the Cavaliers and the city of Cleveland with the utmost grace and class during his nine seasons in Northeast Ohio. Tristan embodied everything a franchise would want in a player during his time as a Cavalier. He became a champion, a mentor and a great community partner through his selfless acts off the basketball court,” the release said.
“Affectionately recognized for his durability, competitive spirit and determination, Tristan was an integral part of our four consecutive NBA Finals trips, culminating in the franchise’s first-ever NBA Championship in 2016. We thank Tristan and wish him nothing but the best, knowing that he has earned a place in the hearts of Cavaliers fans and this organization forever.”
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