Links to the Present: March 19, 2012

March 19th, 2012 by Colin McGowan

“Facing Thompson, Atlanta’s Zaza Pachulia, a true center was held to a 3-for-11 evening from the floor on Sunday, but amassed 12 rebounds and a blocked shot. The most recent fourth-overall pick is undeniably raw and could certainly stand to add a few pounds to his frame, but he has worked harder and longer than any member of the Wine and Gold over the last few weeks. On his 21st birthday late last week, Thompson was the last player to leave the shootaround floor, having clocked additional minutes to work on his offensive postgame. Later that evening, he and fellow rookie Kyrie Irving were the first to take the floor to get in even more practice time.” [Scott Sargent]

“F Alonzo Gee will be a free agent this summer. He has made a major impact on the Cavs this year, so much so that general manager Chris Grant is now mentioning him as one of their core players. ‘I would love to come back, especially with Kyrie (Irving) and Tristan (Thompson),’ he said. ‘Hopefully, everything works out.'” [Sam Amico]