If the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to move emerging forward Tristan Thompson at the deadline, who would be the best suitor?
The Cleveland Cavaliers could be a busy seller come the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline. With a handful of valuable pieces to work with and a bleak outlook for the next few seasons with the current roster at hand, the Cavaliers should be one of the more active teams on the trade market. One player Cleveland could be looking at moving is the former Texas basketball standout forward Tristan Thompson.
So far this season, Tristan Thompson is standing out and having one of the best of his NBA career. The departure of former Cavs superstar LeBron James last off-season is paying dividends for the stat line of Thompson this season. But, he should find himself in the middle of plenty of NBA trade rumors in the coming weeks.
The recent rumors emerged on the trade market that Tristan Thompson could be on the move as early as within the next few weeks. According to Amico Hoops, there are a few suitors interested in acquiring Thompson amid his career best season in the NBA. Two of the more intriguing suitors include the Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers.
Both Portland and Oklahoma City sit in the thick of playoff contention in the Western Conference. If Cleveland sends Tristan Thompson to join the Trail Blazers, he could go the same place that one of the best former Longhorns in the NBA made his name to start his career. San Antonio Spurs star forward LaMarcus Aldridge built his reputation during his time in Portland.
Oklahoma City is similar to Portland for Tristan Thompson in that another top former Longhorn in the NBA, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, started out his career there. Both would be ideal landing spots for Thompson if he is moved this season. Thompson could also star alongside two standout point guards with Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City and Damian Lillard in Portland.
With the upcoming deadline looming in the NBA, the trade block is about to get very interesting. A tight playoff picture in the West will make for a lot of action from teams in the middle of the pack, like the Thunder and Trail Blazers. Teams out of contention in the Eastern Conference, like the Cavs, are going to be some of the busier teams once the deadline arrives.
Moreover, Tristan Thompson is set to become a free agent during the 2020 offseason, and it doesn’t look as if Cleveland is interested in resigning him. Trading him while his stock is high is a smart move by Cleveland’s front office if the plan is to tear it all down and rebuild for the next few years.