Tristan Thompson’s season didn’t start the best way since the power forward first got injured past Nov. 4 and missed more than a month of competition where he lost his starter position in the Cleveland Cavaliers roster to Kevin Love. Albeit TT is back, neither him nor even coach Tyronn Lue are sure about what Thompson’s new role in the Cavs will be.
In addition to that, there have been several rumors about Tristan and his future that might be out of the Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland is very interested in trading Thompson and get one of the next three assets we’re about to mention below.
Tristan Thompson is very likely to leave his first and only team in the Association and it might be happening very soon. So, with that in mind, here are the three targets that Cleveland has under the radar.
3. Marc Gasol
Although Gasol is the best player of his team, the Memphis Grizzlies don’t have any chances to compete and seeing the age of Gasol, they need to make some changes in the roster that will involve the Spaniard center if they want to start their rebuilding process. So, in order to make this work, they’d have to offer at least one 2nd rounder alongside Channing Frye and/or Iman Shumpert besides the Canadian big man.
Gasol to Cleveland would be a really interesting move seeing the style of playing of the big man that fits really well the Cavs’. Marc is the evolved European center that has big chances to be great at the Q due to his great passing, defense and basketball IQ. Marc has had a wonderful career in Memphis but he won’t be forever young and his chances to win a ring will be less as the years come by.
Cleveland has been linked to the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Memphis’ Marc Gasol, but one source said any such deal is still a way off. The primary bait the Cavaliers could offer would be center Tristan Thompson, who has been dealing with a calf injury and has lost his spot as a starter.
2. DeAndre Jordan
Ok, this is a similar case to Gasol’s. DeAndre Jordan has been one of the most dominant defensive centers in the league for several years now and even though he’s not that old, he won’t re-sign his contract with the Clippers, so that’s when the Cavs come to the rescue, also trying to get him in exchange of spare parts like Frye, Shumpert and Tristan alongside a 2nd rounder.
Jordan would join a physical team –if that doesn’t fit him, I don’t know what else does- that can make DeAndre’s job easier every night. Imagine what would have a frontcourt of DeAndre Jordan and Kevin Love. Pure magic, I know. The Cavs know that and if they want to beat Golden State –a team that DeAndre doesn’t like, curiously-, they need to make this move.
1. DeMarcus Cousins
The idea of Cousins heading to the Cavs has been around for almost two seasons, but now it can be actually happening since the desire of the Cavs to get rid of one of their best players. Cousins is right now stuck in the New Orleans Pelicans, a team trying to be good but failing every time they try,
Boogie playing alongside LeBron James must be something great to see, so the Cleveland Cavaliers are willing to give Tristan Thompson and their first-round pick from Brooklyn (possibly a top five) in order to get Cousins. New Orleans has been struggling to make it to playoffs and if they can’t do it this season, DeMarcus has stated he’s leaving the team. It has to be really upsetting that a player with his quality –when quite- hasn’t played a single playoff game.