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Celtics to sign Tristan Thompson to reported 2-year, $19M deal

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Cary Erickson | 22 November, 2020, 08:34

One-time National Basketball Association champion and Toronto, Ontario native Tristan Thompson has signed with the Boston Celtics, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes.

Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports broke the news, while Joe Vardon of The Athletic provided the contract details. An elite rebounder, Thompson has tortured the Celtics on the offensive glass in the past. He'll factor into the "big man" spot in the Celtics rotation with Daniel Theis and Robert Williams.

Thompson figures to shore up the interior weaknesses of Boston's starting five, offering post-scoring and rebounding to a club that features perimeter stars like Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker.

Report: Tristan Thompson to sign two-year deal with the Boston Celtics
Report: Canadian Tristan Thompson agrees to two-year, $19M deal with Celtics

Thompson averaged 12.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game for the Cavs and will immediately arrive in Boston as one of the team's top frontcourt options.

But he also shot just 51% on 2-pointers, his lowest mark since 2013-14, while his 1.8 turnovers per game were a career high. The 29-year-old will turn 30 in March. He endured highs and lows with the Cavs, capturing a title with LeBron James & Co.in 2016, only to be part of 38 combined wins with the team in the two years since James left for Los Angeles.

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