Thompson leaves the Cavaliers after an eight-season run with Cleveland, which drafted him fourth general in 2011. He endured highs and lows with the Cavs, capturing a title with LeBron James & Co. in 2016, solely to be a part of 38 mixed wins with the workforce within the two years since James left for Los Angeles.
Whether or not he’d stay in Cleveland turned a query when the Cavs acquired fellow huge man Andre Drummond on the February commerce deadline. The 2 ended up enjoying simply 5 video games collectively due to the COVID-19-related shortened season, and whereas Drummond holds a participant choice for the approaching season, the query was whether or not the Cavs would wish to preserve each gamers.
Thompson has produced for Cleveland, averaging a double-double the previous two seasons after by no means having executed so beforehand in his profession. And this previous season, he averaged a career-high 12.0 factors per recreation whereas displaying some deep capturing vary (9-of-23 from the 3-point line) for the primary time in his profession.
However he additionally shot simply 51% on 2-pointers, his lowest mark since 2013-14, whereas his 1.8 turnovers per recreation had been a profession excessive.