BOSTON (CBS) — There have been a lot of trade rumors surrounding Celtics big man Tristan Thompson, and now there are rumblings that he isn’t well liked in the Boston locker room. But Celtics players have come out to say that those rumblings simply aren’t true.
Thompson was signed to a two-year deal over the offseason to give the Celtics a little more size on the floor and some more attitude in the locker room. Apparently, that attitude hasn’t been well received by some, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. He said that he has heard that Thompson has not made many friends in the Boston locker room on an episode of The Mismatch podcast, saying that the big man “is not loved” by his teammates.READ MORE: Patriots Mock Draft Roundup: Mac Jones Or Trey Lance In First Round?
However, Celtics stars Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker were quick to shoot down those rumors on Tuesday night.
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) March 23, 2021
Why the hat? It’s sometimes used to say someone is “capping,” which is what the kids say to call out someone for lying. Kemba Walker followed up Brown’s tweet to say that Thompson is indeed loved in the Boston locker room.READ MORE: Iceland's Arnor Traustason Eager To Make Mark With New England Revolution
we love TT https://t.co/mGOrw1IRLU
— Kemba Walker (@KembaWalker) March 23, 2021
Boston head coach Brad Stevens joined the chorus Wednesday morning, saying that there is no truth to those rumors.
“Last week I was going to Indiana, according to everybody. Rumors sometimes are right and sometimes are wrong,” Stevens told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand. “I don’t know where that came from, but Tristan has been a good teammate, a good guy — all that stuff. That’s disappointing to hear something like that would be out there.”MORE NEWS: Xander Bogaerts Shares His Thoughts On Liverpool, Super League: 'I Like It The Way It Is'
Thompson struggled in his early days as a member of the Celtics, but turned things around as the season went on and is averaging 7.9 points and 8.4 rebounds over 36 games. He hasn’t played since March 14 due to health and safety protocols, and will miss his sixth straight game Wednesday night when the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks.