Thompson thanks Cavs, 'can't wait' to get started with Celtics

/ by Nick Goss
Presented By TD Bank

Tristan Thompson is ready to begin his career with the Boston Celtics.

The C's officially announced his signing -- along with the addition of free agent point guard Jeff Teague -- on Monday afternoon. The veteran center's two-year contract with the Celtics is worth a reported $19 million.

Thompson took to social media shortly after the transaction was revealed and thanked the Cleveland Cavaliers for all of the memories he made in his nine seasons with the franchise, including a 2016 NBA Finals triumph. 

He also had a message for the City of Boston.

Check out his full remarks in the Instagram post below: 

Thompson should fill a valuable role for the Celtics, who lacked frontcourt depth last season. He might even start at center, but head coach Brad Stevens can't go wrong choosing between him and Daniel Theis.

Thompson was one of six forwards to average a double-double and shoot at least 50 percent from the field during the 2019-20 season. The Celtics have not had a player average 10-plus rebounds per game since Al Jefferson in 2006-07, but Thompson could end that drought after pulling down 10 or more boards per game in each of the last two seasons.

The 29-year-old veteran will wear No. 55 in Boston.