Thompson signed a contract Monday with Shandong of the Chinese Basketball Association, international basketball writer David Pick reports. Thompson spent his 2015 campaign split between the Warriors and Raptors, combining to play in 47 games, while averaging just 3.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists over 10 minutes per game. After receiving minimal interest from NBA teams this offseason, the 30-year-old will head overseas to China. It remains to be seen whether his NBA career is over, but there's a chance he tries to latch on with a contender once the CBA season comes to a close.
Thompson contributed two points (1-1 FG) and three rebounds over 10 minutes in Wednesday's 99-91 Game 5 win over the Heat. It was the first appearance of the series for Thompson, who ended up replacing Lucas Nogueira in the Raptors rotation as the backup center behind Bismack Biyombo. Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is slated to miss the rest of the series, so Thompson could be asked to assume some light minutes in the rotation until Valanciunas is cleared to return.
Thompson (coach's decision) didn't play in Tuesday's 102-96 overtime loss to the Heat in Game 1 of the series. After playing in each of the Raptors' final 11 games to end the regular season, Thompson has been the victim of coach Dwane Casey tightening his rotation in the playoffs. Thompson has appeared in just three of the Raptors' eight postseason games to date, logging no more than three minutes in any outing.
Thompson will draw the start in Toronto's season finale versus the Nets. Thompson will start at the power forward Wednesday. He should see a relatively high workload given the team is resting a large portion of their regular rotational players.
Thompson will get the start Sunday against the Knicks. With Luis Scola sitting again, Thompson will start and have his workload increased. In his last start on Apr. 8, the 6-11 forward gathered eight points and six rebounds, adding an assist, a block and a steal in 22 minutes.
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