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Report: Tristan Thompson agrees to deal with Celtics

Former Cavaliers center joins Boston, which has needed depth at the position for a while.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson warms up before the game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Tristan Thomson has spent his entire nine-year NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers but has elected to end his free agency by signing a two- year, $19 million deal with the Boston Celtics. Thompson had a career year in 2019-20 and will look to carry the bring momentum he gained last season to Boston.

Thompson averaged a career-high 12 points per game last season and also chipped in with 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. It was easy to forget about the important role Thompson played for the Cavaliers because of Clevelands’s guard-centric offense that centered around Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. He provided valuable support to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving during the Cavaliers’ title runs a few years ago.

Heading into this season, Thompson will be looking to provide support to a Celtics’ frontcourt that leaves a lot left to be desired. Last season, Boston rolled out Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, who were solid on offense but weren’t that great on defense. Thompson should be able to play off of Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown and cleaning up the glass.