2 goals for Tristan Thompson if he’s back with the Cavs next season

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson celebrates in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson celebrates in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers big Tristan Thompson (#13) helps up Cleveland guard Dante Exum (#1). (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Goal #2 for TT if he’s back with the Cleveland Cavaliers: Continuing to be an exemplary teammate

As Fedor demonstrated, even after the arrival of Drummond, TT was still really bought-in as a teammate and didn’t take issue with being moved to a bench role. Thompson did come off the bench in other times in his Cleveland Cavaliers’ tenure, sure, but that was awesome to hear about involving Thompson, who still performed very well following the Dre trade.

For the second goal for next season for Tristan Thompson, though, if he is back, to me, that’s continuing to be an exemplary teammate.

Thompson has been that and more throughout his entire time with the Wine and Gold, which included a 2016 NBA championship, sure, but even has appeared to be even in these past two campaigns. Those were of which the primary focus was on player development of young pieces, especially.

In that realm, it’d be invaluable for TT to be that coach-type again both in his minutes on the floor but also off it, on the sidelines, seemingly in practice, and/or in team in-game huddles.

Him helping set the tone for the youngsters once again, and hopefully aiding pieces such as Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., Collin Sexton and Windler in their growth behind the scenes defensively, even more so, would be a big positive. And that’d show TT is fully bought-in, which would set the example from an intangible standpoint, too.

Overall, it’s clear what Thompson brings in terms of the leadership element, and while it again would seem to be a pretty good possibility he’s not, I’m sure Cavs fans would love to see #13 back once again for the Wine and Gold. Again, however, it’s seemingly far from a certainty at this point that he will be, based on the prior comments from Fedor.

You can understand why Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love have strongly voiced their desires for TT to be back, as Fedor hit on, though.

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We’ll have to see what happens in regards to the 29-year-old Thompson’s potential re-signing, I’d think via one-year deal, in the upcoming free agency period.