Cleveland Cavaliers trade rumors: High interest in Tristan Thompson

The Cleveland Cavaliers have decisions to make before the 2020 NBA trade deadline as there’s high interest in Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have become the team we’d all they’d be after a surprising start to the season and that’s OK. Nobody thought it would last forever.

And now, with the 5-15 Cavs playing like a lottery team, there shouldn’t be any questions as to how this franchise can become relevant again.

Rebuilding involves swinging some trades, and with two expiring contracts on the roster, there is high interest in both Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson, according to SI Cavs’ writer Sam Amico. 

Amico wrote the Raptors have high interest in Thompson, while the 76ers are watching Clarkson.

The longtime scribe added that Cleveland is also interested in re-signing both players, so take that for what it’s worth.

Thompson is averaging a double-double, 12.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. He can help a playoff team, and it won’t be surprising to hear more team names pop up in trade rumors closer to the deadline.

The Cavs will probably wait to make a move, because frankly, there’s no need to aptly quickly. With the Cavs acting like they’re cool with trying to re-sign Thompson, the burden of urgency falls on the pursuers.

As for Clarkson, the sixth-year veteran is averaging 14.0 per game and shooting 35 percent from 3-point range in 22 minutes per game. The former Laker is averaging 5 fewer minutes per contest, which isn’t surprising given the Cavs added another guard, Darius Garland, in the draft.

Cleveland has made it a point to play Garland and second-year veteran Collin Sexton together and that decision has undoubtedly resulted in less time for Clarkson.

If you’re asking me whether or not Thompson actually gets traded, I would say yes. He’s been a great Cavalier, but I don’t see the team’s return to relevance and TT still being on the roster. The same is true of Kevin Love and you know trade rumors involving his name will be popping up shortly.

• On a separate note, I’ve seen Tristan Thompson’s replacement and he plays at the University of Dayton. His name is Obi Toppin and watching him is like watching someone in a video game.

The 21-year-old explored the draft last summer, but ultimately decided to return to college. He’s averaging 22.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.  I’m not going to pretend to know where the 6-foot-9, 220-pound dunk machine gets drafted, but I’d love to see him end up in a Cavaliers uniform.