Report: Tristan Thompson will not play for Canada at FIBA World Cup


Cleveland Cavaliers' Tristan Thompson (13. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Cleveland Cavaliers centre Tristan Thompson will reportedly not play for the Canadian national team at this summer’s FIBA World Cup, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The 28-year-old Brampton, Ont. native, who first played on the national stage at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in 2008, was named to Canada’s training camp roster earlier this week.

In addition to the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Thompson played for Canada at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship, and at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2013.

Thompson averaged 10.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 43 regular-season games with the Cavaliers in 2018-19.

With Thompson no longer in the running for a roster spot, expect to see young big men like the Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher and Orlando Magic’s Khem Birch provided more opportunities for playing time.

The 2016 NBA champion is the latest high-profile Canadian to take themselves out of consideration for a FIBA World Cup roster spot, after Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves did so earlier this week.

Canada’s opening FIBA World Cup contest takes place on Sept. 1 against Australia.

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