The Los Angeles Lakers are entering the NBA free agency with great ideas on their mind, and one of them includes landing LeBron James’ former teammate. According to recent reports, the Lakers may get Tristan Thompson. That’s more than great news for the Lakers fanbase. LeBron and Tristan had really great time in Cleveland.
Chris Mannix of SI.com shared a few potential scenarios for the Los Angeles Lakers and other teams. He has the key reason why Los Angeles may sign Thompson.
Well, things don’t look too well for the Lakers, because the Toronto Raptors are also interested in getting Tristan.
“The Lakers would love to land Tristan Thompson, an ex-LeBron James teammate in Cleveland who would shore up the front line,” Mannix reported. “The Raptors, who could lose both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, are expected to pursue the Toronto-born big man. With Andre Drummond opting into the final year of his contract, Thompson’s time with the Cavs could be over.”
Lakers front office to be landing LeBron James’ former teammate
LeBron and Thompson spent four years in Cleveland. The team made four NBA Finals appearances. In 2016, the Cavaliers won the first title in team history.
Thompson was the fourth overall selection in the 2011 NBA draft. The 29-year-old worked on the rebounding aspect of the game. He doesn’t have the scoring power LA needs at the moment, but he definitely crashes boards and defends. This would be of great help for the burden LeBron and his teammates have to deal with.
The Toronto native owns a mansion in Southern California. He has created an unbreakable bond with LeBron. King James left the Cavs in 2018, but he has been in contact with Thompson this whole time.
Thompson completed his five-year contract extension with the Cavs. He signed the extension in 2015 and earned $82 million. We don’t have any info on his potential demand. His preference will definitely affect his chance to join LeBron in Los Angeles.
LA is on the way to make a few more moves. General Manager Rob Pelinka acquired Oklahoma City Thunder star Dennis Schroder through a trade. Is Thompson next on the list?