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Tristan Thompson Buyout Would Be Huge Opportunity for Celtics

Tristan Thompson is a buyout candidate the Boston Celtics should keep an eye on
Tristan Thompson is a buyout candidate the Boston Celtics should keep an eye on | Kathryn Riley/Getty Images

At the NBA trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Andre Drummond for next to nothing. While everyone applauded the Cavs for stealing arguably the NBA's best rebounder, there are those who are not to happy with the deal. Notably, Cavs center Tristan Thompson.

Up until this point, Thompson had been averaging career highs in points (12.1), rebounds (10.3), and assists (2.1). With Drummond on board now, the 28-year-old Thompson is suddenly a candidate to be bought out by the Cavs. If and when that happens, this would be an amazing opportunity for the Boston Celtics.

The Celtics would be a terrific fit for the Canadian big man. With his interior defense and ability on the glass, he would guarantee to steal minutes from Enes Kanter, whose defense is generally laughable. Furthermore, he is a perfect pick-and-roll partner for Kemba Walker, as Thompson has had plenty of practice with elite guards and playmakers over the years, including Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

And finally, after LeBron left The Land, the city has not sniffed the playoffs. Thompson, imagining having a real chance to make it far into the playoffs again, would have a whole new lease on life in Boston.

This could be a golden opportunity for Thompson, as he can prove again that he can be a valuable piece for a contending team once again.