Freshly signed Boston Celtics center Tristan Thompson did more than just get a new team. He got a new country, too.
That’s because Thompson was sworn in as a U.S. citizen last week. Thompson is native of Brampton, Ontario in Canada.
“I came to the U.S. on a student visa and have always had big dreams,” Thompson said. “I’m now truly living the American dream.”
Thompson is 6-foot-9 and spent each of his first nine years with the Cavaliers. He signed a two-year deal with the Celtics in free agency.
Both the Cavs and Thompson addressed his time in Cleveland in separate statements Monday.
“Cleveland will forever be embedded in my heart and I will always cherish the countless amount of memories I’ve made over the last 10 seasons,” Thompson tweeted. “From getting drafted, to 4 straight Finals appearances, to winning the 2016 NBA Championship … and bringing a well-deserved ring to the city of Cleveland.
“I’d like to thank everyone in Cleveland who was a part of my journey including everyone who works at the Q that helped make my family feel at home every game.”
“The grit and toughness that I developed playing for a city like Cleveland will forever be instilled in me,” he wrote. “To the city of Boston! To say it’s an honor to wear the green and white is an understatement! I can’t wait to get to work!!!!”
Thompson is joining a contending Celtics team that features the likes of swingmen Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, and point guard Kemba Walker.
“I came to the US on a student visa and have always had big dreams. I’m now truly living the American dream.” Congrats on reaching your goals @RealTristan13! Best of luck with the @NBA #Celtics as a #NewUSCitizen! pic.twitter.com/kr9drxTco7
— USCIS Media - Western Region (@USCISMediaWest) November 24, 2020