|Rights: Be A chi GM||HT: 6-9|
|Jersey: 3||WT: 254|
|DOB: 3/13/1991||Age: 31|
|Sal: $.00M||Inj: No Injury|
|Player Avg: FBPPG =8.49 PPG=6.04 RPG=5.05 BLKPG=0.37|
|Contract Status: FA - Free Agent|
|Tristan Thompson: Waived, bound for Chicago|
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after Wednesday's 113-108 win over the Wizards that Thompson will be waived Thursday, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports. Carlisle then suggested that Thompson will sign with the Bulls upon clearing waivers.
The Scoop: Though he appeared in four straight games for the 20-40 Pacers, Thompson was never viewed as a long-term fit for Indiana, given his status as a veteran on an expiring deal. Nonetheless, Carlisle's announcement of Thompson's impending release as well as the center's next destination was somewhat surprising, especially after the 30-year-old had his best game of the season Wednesday (17 points on 8-for-9 shooting from the field, six rebounds and one block in 21 minutes). Assuming no team is willing picks up the money remaining on the $9.72 million he's owed for 2021-22, Thompson's signing with Chicago on a team-friendly deal should become official during the All-Star break. With the Bulls, Thompson should get the chance to fill a consistent, low-minute role on the second unit behind starting center Nikola Vucevic, as Chicago had yet to settle on a reliable backup option this season.
Feb 17 3:26 ET