The Los Angeles Clippers were heading into NBA free agency expecting to be able to bring back Montrezl Harrell. Unfortunately, not only did they not bring him back, he went to the cross-town rival Los Angeles Lakers. Now, the Clippers appear to be interested in signing Tristan Thompson to replace him.
According to a report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Clippers have become a “real possibility” to end up signing Thompson.
Thompson would be able to come in and help replace the loss of Harrell. He would add rebounding and the ability to clean up points off of offensive boards.
So far throughout his nine-year NBA career, Thompson has played every game with the Cleveland Cavaliers. It would be strange to see him in another jersey, but that appears the direction we are heading. Thompson heading to the Clippers makes a ton of sense.
Last season with the Cavaliers, Thompson was a core piece. He averaged 12.0 points per game to go along with 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 0.9 blocks per game. Those numbers show why the Clippers should pursue him.
Granted, Thompson would come nowhere close to replacing the production that made Harrell the Sixth Man of the Year. However, the Clippers need some toughness and rebounding in their front-court.
Not only would Tristan Thompson find a big role for himself in L.A., he would also be able to compete for a championship. Thompson played alongside LeBron James for years in Cleveland and he would be able to face off against his former teammate in the battle for L.A.
This move isn’t imminent at this point in time, but it is something to keep a close eye on as we move forward in free agency. Thompson to Los Angeles makes too much sense for the two sides to not have a conversation.