The Boston Celtics experienced a key departure in free agency with Gordon Hayward signing with the Charlotte Hornets. They made quick work to improve the roster by signing former Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson.
According to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon Thompson has reached an agreement on a contract with the Celtics. The terms of the deal were two-years worth $19 million total— meaning he signed for the Mid-Level Exception.
During the 2019-20 NBA season, Thompson posted career-best numbers for the Cavaliers— averaging 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists. He played a larger role than what he typically filled during his time with Cleveland and showed he’s capable of making an impact.
Thompson has proven to be a key contributor in key moments during the NBA playoffs as a dirty work specialist inside the paint. That will be needed by a Celtics team who was held back by a lack of size against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics now will have a combination of intriguing center options between Tristan Thompson, Daniel Theis, and Robert Williams. Boston is now a deeper team at the center position but will need to figure out a plan to replace Gordon Hayward.
There are plenty of talented wing players who could fill a larger role for the Boston Celtics to complete their rotation. Using the No. 14 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft to select Aaron Nesmith will add shooting on the wing— along with already having Romeo Langford and Carsen Edwards.
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