Tristan Thompson has spent his entire NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That will change during the 2020-21 campaign, though, as he's now a member of the Boston Celtics.
While Thompson acknowledged that he's excited about a new beginning, he'll have to wait longer than anticipated to step onto the hardwood at Auerbach Center. Celtics head coach Brad Stevens announced Saturday that Thompson will miss a "significant portion" of training camp while recovering from a hamstring strain.
Tristan Thompson will miss a significant portion of training camp with his hamstring strain, according to Brad Stevens.— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) December 5, 2020
The 29-year-old had one of his best seasons for the Cavaliers last year, averaging 12 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 51.2% of the field and 39.1% from deep.
Boston made it a point to sign Thompson this offseason in an effort to boost its rebounding and defensive efforts. It was revealed this week that both Jayson Tatum and Kemba Walker reached out to him to encourage him to sign with the Celtics.
If he remains healthy throughout the season, the Celtics will, once again, be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference.