With the emergence of Robert Williams III and Daniel Theis’ impending free agency on the horizon, a log jam at the center position could see Boston’s major signing from last offseason already on the move. Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes is reporting that Tristan Thompson could be moved to Toronto:
Thompson is averaging 7.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in his first season with the Celtics after signing a two-year, $19 million deal that includes a player option in the second year.
It would be a homecoming for the Canadian, but it’s unclear what Boston could be receiving in return. Toronto is 17-22 and on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoffs. They’ve lost seven of their last ten games and could become sellers before the deadline with Kyle Lowry’s $30 million expiring and a mind to build around Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, and Fred VanVleet.
For what it’s worth, former Celtic Aron Baynes signed a two-year, $14.3 million contract with Toronto with a team option in 2021-2222 and could be a possible trade candidate. Patrick McCaw ($4 million) and Stanley Johnson ($3.8 million) are on expiring deals.