Thompson, Clarkson Receiving Interest From Contenders

In an illuminating look at the state of the CavaliersSports Illustrated’s Sam Amico revealed that two Eastern Conference contenders could be destinations for a tandem of Cleveland veterans on expiring deals.

The 2018/19 champion Raptors have a “high interest” in Toronto native Tristan Thompson ahead of this season’s trade deadline, according to Amico. Thompson, an unrestricted free agent this summer, is playing on an expiring $18.5MM contract. Toronto has enough appealing assets to potentially entice Cavaliers GM Koby Altman into making a move. As of this writing, Toronto stands at 15-5, good for third in the Eastern Conference. They are playing the Rockets tonight.

Thompson is currently averaging career highs of 13.9 points and 10.6 boards per contest. The 28 year-old center would presumably replace one of the Raptors’ two-headed center corps, 34 year-old Marc Gasol or 30 year-old Serge Ibaka. Both former All-Defensive players are also on expiring deals, and both are on the athletic downslopes of their careers. Gasol is making $25.6MM this season, while Ibaka is earning $23.3MM. Thompson, a starter on the 2015/16 champion Cavaliers, would make more sense as a springier Ibaka replacement than a substitute for the passing maestro Gasol this year.

Amico also reports that the Sixers are said to be interested in adding Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson, on an expiring $13.4MM deal. After the 76ers lost significant offensive firepower with the 2019 summer departures of Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick, Clarkson could add provide some shooting help off the bench. He is connecting on 35% of his 5.0 long range attempts this season. Clarkson is also knocking down 88.6% of his looks from the charity stripe. Philadelphia sits at fourth in the East with a 15-6 record, though the team is in danger of dropping a game to the Wizards this evening.

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6 thoughts on “Thompson, Clarkson Receiving Interest From Contenders

  1. x%sure

    Clarkson can also make his own shot, even hard-looking ones. He can start a comeback whan he comes in. If he’s efficient too, bonus. If he passes for points, it’s someone else.
    Clarkson should be starting for the Cavs but you really don’t want him as a starter… he should be in a rush. Well that’s what they told him to do anyway.

    • jump shot

      Clarkson is a great first guard off the bench. I love guards that come off the bench and play like PLAYERS instead of playing like a sub. Clarkson comes in and plays! Would be great seeing him be a boost to a contender.

  2. Thuggababyy

    I don’t know if it’s worth replacing Ibaka with Thompson. Tristan is probably a better option inside and for rebounding at this point but Serge can shoot the 3. Gasol has done a great job defensively and just stands at the top of the key facilitating a lot of their offence

  3. phillyballers

    I mean they could swing Kevin Love and TT for Gasol and Ibaka, but defensively you’d suffer. Love/Gasol = facilitators tho. Money works, Cleveland would want a 1st tho. That’s their only move until the buyout market tho.

    • No offense but absolutely zero chance of this. The Cavs can get something of value in return for both of those players and 1st rounder of a potential top 3 seed team amounts to a end of the 1st pick. Not nearly enough. Love while overpaid and a health risk still offers value. If he is traded, he alone brings back a fringe prospect type player (IE Clarkson type when he first came to Cavs and Nance) plus a protected 1st. The only advantage this offers Cavs is salary relief but they don’t need that after this year. They are planning to build through draft so they need picks or young controllable players. not salary relief.

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