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CLEVELAND (WJW) — A former fan favorite is officially making his way back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the upcoming season, the team announced Tuesday.

“Tristan embodies every trait we want as part of our team culture, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring his experience and character back into our franchise,” President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman said in a statement. “His impact both on and off the court is immeasurable, and his history with our team adds a layer of familiarity, leadership and physicality that will undoubtedly make a positive impact with our younger players.”

A reporter for The Athletic and Stadium confirmed Monday a deal was being finalized for 32-year-old Tristan Thompson to rejoin the team he was with for nine seasons.

“Thompson is set to return to Cleveland where he was part of 2016 NBA title, four Finals runs, now gives Cavs leadership and some frontcourt depth,” Shams Charania said in a Twitter post, citing Rich Paul.

Following his time in Cleveland, the fourth pick in the 2011 draft played for the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers, along with a handful of playoff appearances for the Los Angeles Lakers (joining up with former teammate LeBron James).

After last season’s single-series playoff appearance, the Cavs are looking to continue their growth. The team starts the 2023-2024 season on Oct. 27 against Oklahoma City at home. Find out more about tickets right here.