While Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love are approaching their respective returns to the lineup, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Tristan Thompson for approximately two more weeks.
On Friday the team issued the following statement regarding the status of Thompson:
Cavaliers Forward/Center Tristan Thompson has missed the last four games with left foot soreness related to a left foot sprain first experienced on December 10th. Continued examination and evaluation has resulted in an updated treatment plan for his recovery that will include him being Out for approximately two weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.
Fortunately for the team, it does sound like Larry Nance Jr. will be back in the very near future, possibly against the Miami Heat on Friday night. Meaning the team will finally have a starting center with a little more experience than Ante Zizic.
In all likelihood the resting of Thompson probably is on the cautious side of things. The Cavs aren’t playing for anything this season and making sure Thompson doesn’t suffer any setbacks is important regardless of whether or not the team decides to keep him moving forward.
With Thompson out until after the trade deadline, it probably makes it even more unlikely that the team will trade him this season, even though most signs were already pointing towards him remaining with the team at least until the summer.