After missing out on Myles Turner earlier in the weekend, the Celtics finally have their big man.
After nine seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers who drafted him, Thompson has come to terms on a two-year pact with Boston, worth $19 million.
The younger Nance and Thompson had played together since February 2018 and have been central parts of the Cavaliers' efforts to rebuild following the departure of LeBron James that same year. It was the second consecutive season the Texas product averaged a double-double.
After signing Thompson, the expectation is for the Celtics to secure small forward Jayson Tatum with a lucrative rookie-scale extension. Thompson will join Daniel Theis and the Time Lord Robert Williams in the Celtics' big man rotation.
During the 2019-20 season with the Cavs, Thompson averaged 12.0 points and 10.1 rebounds per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 61.5 percent from the free-throw line. The team also has Tacko Fall as a fourth center.