The Cleveland Cavaliers were unable to work a deal for veteran center Tristan Thompson by Thursday’s trade deadline, but a new report indicates that the team won’t offer him a contract buyout after rumors about that possibility immediately surfaced.
League source says there will be no buyout for Tristan Thompson in Cleveland, and that he will play out the season with the Cavs before hitting free agency this summer.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) February 6, 2020
Thompson will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season. That status and the lack of progress in contract talks served as chief reasons for the idea of a buyout
In his ninth year in the NBA, Thompson had been providing solid play on the court, but had recently demanded to be traded by the trade deadline.
The 28-year-old Thompson had not played in the Cavaliers’ past two games, leading to heightened speculation that he would be traded.
Thompson is making $18.54 million in the final season of the five-year deal that he signed in 2015. Prior to this season’s resurgence, Thompson had dealt with injuries in the previous two seasons after having been one of the most durable players in the league.
Like Thompson, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, with both players unlikely to be wearing Cavs uniforms next season.