Is Tristan Thompson the Key Trade Chip for the Cavaliers?
Losers of three straight, the Cleveland Cavaliers are starting to look very mortal, despite the return of All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas.
Heavily dismantled by both the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Toronto Raptors, the Cavs boast one of the league’s worst defences and have looked atrocious protecting the rim. Allowing 108.5-points per game, good for 25th in the league and a 28th ranked defensive rating, the Cavs look out of sorts, and even The King believes the team needs to regroup.
“We in a funk,” LeBron James said. “Once again, we’re back to the beginning of the season. Just got to find a way to get out of it. … We’re so fragile. I don’t know where it kind of went wrong or what happened to switch back, but we’ve got to try to pick it back up and find it.”
That being said, it seems like back-up center Tristan Thompson is on the trading block. With a need to fix their rim protecting issues, DeAndre Jordan rumours are starting to resurface. Thompson, who will not be a free agent until after the 2019-2020 campaign, is in the middle of a five-year, $82-million deal.
“We’ve all got to be accountable for actions, accountable for how we play, how hard we play, what we’re doing for one another,” James said. “Just plays that you should come up with, you should make, and when you’re losing, you tend to not want to make those plays or tend to let some plays get away from you. And we can’t afford that right now, the way we’re playing ball. Just trying to hold everybody accountable and move on, which we did.”
Well, maybe a key trade is exactly what James and the Cavs need right about now. With a lack of desire to move their Brooklyn Nets pick, Thompson may be the most logical trading chip.