According to one anonymous general manager, there’s three teams interested in Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson ahead of the trade deadline.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will be a much talked about team ahead of this week’s NBA trade deadline, and the rumors continue, with it being reported the Houston Rockets, Toronoto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks are said to be the most interested.
This nugget comes from SI’s Sam Amico, who wrote about the trio of interested teams based off information he received from an opposing general manager. That said, Amico noted that his executive added that he did not get the information from the specific squads.
Rumors of Thompson landing in Houston or Toronto have been swirling for months, but the Mavericks are a new player in the sweepstakes. With Dallas taking a huge step forward behind the dominance of Luka Doncic, perhaps the organization sees an opportunity to “go for it” this summer, especially with the Warriors rocketing back to earth.
There had been talk of the Cavs possibly re-signing Thompson earlier this season, but that seems unlikely now, with Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reporting the team is in asset collection mode. Thompson’s on an expiring contract, and even if he’s re-ups for three years with Cleveland, he’ll probably never be a part of another winning team on Euclid Avenue.
Thompson would be a great addition for any playoff team, and as crazy as it sounds, may be more desirable than Kevin Love. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Cavs won’t be able to get a deal done for their power forward and will re-visit plans to trade him in the offseason.
Teams may be hesitant to take on three years and $91 million worth of Love. Woj had reported months ago that Love was only worth a protected first-round pick. For what it’s worth, there was a recent rumor in which it was reported Thompson would only be worth two, second-round picks.
The trade deadline is certain to generate excitement, unfortunately, it won’t do much to help the Cavs in the win-loss department.
The Wine & Gold just dropped their 10th straight at home, and there’s nothing left for fans to do then wait for June, and hope the team finds a game-changer in June’s draft.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3p.m.