Fresh off a championship season Tristan Thompson has decided to play for Canada this summer in the Olympic qualifiers in Manila, according to Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes.

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Thompson will join former Texas teammate Corey Joseph, Milwaukee guard Tyler Ennis, and Detroit forward Joel Anthony in leading a young and talented squad through qualifiers in Manila July 4-10 and, if successful there, the Olympics in Rio August 5-21. 

Thompson opted out of playing with the squad last summer while negotiating a new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers during free agency. Canada narrowly missed a chance to qualify for the Olympics then, losing to Venezuela by one in the semi-finals of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Now the Senior Men must win the Manila qualifier, where they will face Turkey and Senegal in Group A, while France, New Zealand and the host Philippines will battle in Group B.

Although France, their biggest competition on paper, has had a slew of players opt out this summer; the Canadians will also be without Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins, Philadelphia’s Nik Stauskas,  Boston’s Kelly Olynyk, and Orlando’s Andrew Nicholson.

The addition of Thompson is a much needed boost for the Red and White entering this tournament, and could potentially be the game-changer the squad needs to take over games like fans know they have the potential for.

Sean Marranca

Written by Sean Marranca

Sean Marranca is an NPH Correspondent covering Canadian Basketball from high school to the NBA. Follow him on Twitter @Sean_NPH

Website: http://www.NorthPoleHoops.com

2 thoughts on “Tristan Thompson to play for Canada in Manila

  1. Archer says:

    Having Thompson join (along with Bennet and Birch) is huge.

  2. Joel says:

    A small sliver of hope. TT’s energy on the glass will be huge for them

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