The announcement about Thompson was made by Pacers coach Rick Carlisle, of all people.
The Indiana Pacers will waive center Tristan Thompson, coach Rick Carlisle says. Thompson will sign a new deal with the Chicago Bulls after he clears waivers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 17, 2022
Speaking to ESPN, Carlisle said, “I don’t mind announcing it because it’s going to happen and what the heck. There’s nothing wrong with speaking the truth. It’s the rare instance where you get to thank a guy in the presence of his teammates. And these guys have an awful lot of respect for who he is and what he’s accomplished in the league.”
Thompson is showing signs that he might be ready for a comeback.
Thompson’s Time In The NBA
Thompson has played for 11 seasons in the NBA, including for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
His career average is 9.1 points and 8.5 rebounds and he originally made a name for himself as a versatile big man.
Thompson’s career has been quiet for a while and, as of last week, he was working for the Sacramento Kings.
As part of the blockbuster trade that sent Domantas Sabonis to the Kings, Thompson was transferred to the Pacers.
He only appeared in four games with Indiana and was scoring in the single digits.
But that changed on Wednesday night when Thompson put up 17 points in a win against the Washington Wizards.
This has some people speculating if Thompson’s career is about to have a second life in Chicago.
The Bulls are in desperate need of someone to play support on the frontcourt for Nikola Vucevic.
Thompson could fit the bill perfectly and it looks like he is getting fired up to play at a high level once again.