Celtics sign veteran forward Tristan Thompson

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Instead, the Celtics chose to sign Thompson to a two-year deal, with his rebounding ability helping complement a lineup that ended up reaching the Eastern Conference finals this past season.

It's a two-year, $19-million contract, Haynes reports.

The Canadian-born center has been with Cleveland for nine seasons, drafted by the Cavaliers in 2011 with the fourth overall pick.

Veteran big man Tristan Thompson is signing with the Boston Celtics, ending his run with the Cleveland Cavaliers. An elite rebounder, Thompson has tortured the Celtics on the offensive glass in the past. Thompson will join Daniel Theis and the Time Lord Robert Williams in the Celtics' big man rotation.

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

And this past season, he averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game while showing some deep shooting range (9-of-23 from the 3-point line) for the first time in his career.

The younger Nance and Thompson had played together since February 2018 and have been central parts of the Cavaliers' efforts to rebuild following the departure of LeBron James that same year.

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.



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