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Report: Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson to sign two-year deal with Boston Celtics

Thompson departs after spending nine years as a member of the Cavs, averaging 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, in Denver. The Cavaliers won 111-103. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

CLEVELAND — Tristan Thompson's time as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers has apparently to come to an end.

On Saturday night, Thompson's agent Rich Paul told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports that the 29-year-old free agent had agreed to a two-year-deal with the Boston Celtics worth a reported $19 million. 

Thompson spent nine years with the Cavaliers, averaging 9.4 points and 8.7 rebounds for his career. He averaged a double-double in each of the past two seasons, including a career-best 12.0 points per game to go with 10.1 rebounds per contest in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season. His future with the Cavaliers became cloudy after the team acquired fellow big man Andre Drummond at the league's trading deadline in February. 

Thompson was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and was an important part of the Cavaliers' NBA championship team in 2016. He leaves as the Cavaliers' No. 3 career rebounder and played in 447 consecutive games from 2012 through 2017. 

Thompson's departure leaves Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova as the lone remaining members of the 2016 NBA title team still on the Cavs' roster.

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