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Cleveland Cavaliers

Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson wants to see season restart safely, isn't worried about potential free agency

Tristan Thompson is a fan just like us, and he would like to see a champion crowned this season.

The Cavaliers forward told reporters that even if his team isn't in the postseason, he understands why other players would want to chase a ring.

"Guys want to play," Thompson said Thursday during a Zoom conference call.

"They're trying to win a championship, so I understand where they're coming from and they know everybody wants to see basketball.

"Everybody wants to watch the playoffs. I want to watch the playoffs, with my friends -- you know, cheering and going crazy. But the main concern is just how do we do it in a way where everyone's at peace when they go to work."

Thompson was in the midst of a career year with the Cavs, averaging 12.0 points and 10.1 rebounds through 51 games.

Should the league resume in the regular season, Thompson could be playing his last games in Cleveland. The 28-year-old is in the final year of a five-year $82 million deal.

A lot is up in the air with regards to the season and a lot will be up in the air for potential free agents like Thompson. Thompson, however, is staying grounded and is grateful for what he's done to this point in his career.

"It hasn't crossed my mind at all," Thompson said. "I don't like to think too far ahead or about maybes or what-ifs.

"I never thought in a million years that I'd have the success I've had.

"For me, it's just taking (it) one day at a time and enjoying every minute of it. ... I wouldn't change it for the world."

The views expressed here do not represent those of the NBA or its clubs.

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