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Tristan Thompson Signs With Cavs

Five-years; $82 million.

That’s the reported terms of the contract Tristan Thompson agreed upon with the Cleveland Cavaliers to come off the bench, bring some energy, grab offensive rebounds, and hopefully but four or five of them back in the hoop.

Just over $16 million a year, Boogie, to optimistically average 8 and 8 for the season.

According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are slated to pay over $60 million on the luxury tax this season, since bring the total, including the salaries of the current roster to over $170 million.  That would be the second highest total of all time, next to only the $197 million total of the 2013-2014 Brooklyn Nets.

Thompson had his coming out party in the 2015 postseason, where he was a terror on the offensive glass and one of the few healthy bodies to endure for the Cavaliers.  He’s durable, having played in 288 consecutive games.  And, he’s got LeBron’s best buddy Rich Paul as his agent.

The Cavaliers roster appears loaded, but beneath the surface there’s lingering issues that make the reliable big man from Canada worth breaking the bank for.

Thompson joins Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov, and Anderson Varejao as the four man rotation to get the lion’s share of the minutes at the four and five.

Love is coming off major shoulder surgery, and while he’s apparently made a full recovery in time for the regular season, shoulders are always tricky.  Not to mention, Love’s missed significant time to injuries during his career already.

Mozgov has a bum knee, and it’s still bothering him.  He had minor surgery in the off-season, but the effects are still giving him minor issues today.

Varejao is coming off major Achilles surgery.  A fan favorite for his hustle and hair, the Brazilian plays with no regard for his health, and finds his way to the injury list constantly as a result.  You can’t count on him to stay healthy for an entire season, or to even finish one.

With three of your best four big men at risk, it only makes sense for the Cavs to ensure they had Thompson for their finite run at a title.  His signing joins long-term deals with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love as the core future of the franchise, along with that guy LeBron who will keep on signing one-year deals for ridiculous amounts of money until he retires.

The Cavs are stacked and owner Dan Gilbert will clearly spare no expense in his quest for an NBA Title in Cleveland.  Now, they’ve just got to go out and win.

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