Rumor Roundup: Tristan, Cavaliers, Casspi

A look at the latest news, views and moves from around pro hoops:

Per ESPN: ” Tristan Thompson had reason to smile on Sunday night following the Cavaliers’ 125-120 win over the Los Angeles Lakers: His two front teeth, knocked loose by the Lakers’ Julius Randle, stayed in his mouth and his league-leading ironman streak will stay intact.”

Per ESPN: “Add it to the list of obstacles that Thompson has already overcome to keep his streak alive, including a bout of food poisoning when the Cavs were in L.A. several seasons ago that required him to receive IV fluids before tipoff.”

Thompson told FOX Sports Ohio, “I’m good.” Watch exclusive interview here.

Per ESPN Stats & Information: “LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 101 points, the most they’ve ever scored in a game for the Cavaliers.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs have been a flip-the-switch team dating back to last season, but Lue knew his players seeing the Lakers’ 20 victories might be a problem.”

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, to reporters: “I know our team and the way we are. Sometimes you have to understand it’s not a show, it’s a competition. We get to LA and play teams like this, we consider it a show instead of a competition. And you get down early, teams get confidence and now you have to fight and struggle to win the game.”

Irving to reporters: “I can’t stress enough how important rest is. You’ve got veterans who have come before us who play 82 games that have their opinions and we’re just in a different time now. Understanding what the important goal is at the end of the season is at the forefront of our minds. We’re playing for a championship run, playoff run. For us, games in the regular season against great matchups, we all want to play. I want to be part of it as much as possible, but when our coaching staff and our medical staff sits us and rests us, I’m not (opposed) to it.”

Per “In episode 20 of our twice-a-week cleveland sports podcast, I talked with Brian Windhorst about writing and reporting that book, how long he thinks James will play in the NBA and what he believes James will do when he’s done playing.”

Per “I don’t care if LeBron doesn’t play in another game,” Windhorst said. “He will have satisfied the highest expectation that people had.”

Per Amico Hoops: “There was little defense in this one, as the Cavs just sort of watched the Lakers hoist up threes and drive to the basket. Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell is gonna be an All-Star someday, and the Cavs got an early look as to why. Russell scored 40 points and at times, looked like the best player on the floor.” (Full column.)

Per Amico Hoops: “But poor former Cavs forward and current Lakers coach Luke Walton. Remember when he filled in for Steve Kerr and led the Golden State Warriors to all those wins last season?” (Full column.)

Per the Canton Repository: “Larry Sanders, who has been suspended by the NBA for violating the league’s drug policy, cited depression and anxiety issues for departing.”

Per the Canton Repository: “You just have to invest in it and trust it,” Sanders said of coming back. “I’ve been on every side of the spectrum, from playing in the D-League to games in the summer. It’s a process. I’m used to it.”

Per the Canton Repository: “Despite scoring just 2 points and dealing with foul trouble, Charge head coach Nate Reinking thought Sanders had a successful debut.”

Per the Canton Repository: “There’s a presence to him out there,” Reinking said. “You can feel it, a veteran presence. He hasn’t played for awhile, and you can tell a little bit with his timing.”

Per Amico Hoops: “Canton Charge point guard Quinn Cook received a second 10-day contract, and his first with the New Orleans Pelicans, prior to the Pelicans’ game Sunday vs. the Minnesota Tiumberwolves.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “Cook played one minute in the Pelicans’ 123-109 win, missing his lone shot (a 3-pointer) and passing for one assist.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “Free-agent swingman Omri Casspi has come to terms on a rest-of-the-season contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to league sources.”

Per ESPN: “Sources told that Wolves coach and president Tom Thibodeau met with Casspi over dinner this weekend in New Orleans in advance of the Wolves’ road game Sunday night against the Pelicans.”

Per ESPN: “The Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are among the playoff teams that also expressed interest in Casspi since he became a free agent.”

Wizards guard John Wall, per CSN MidAtltantic: “I’m not the type of guy who wants to sit down and rest. I think you owe it to the fans. They paid money to come see us play. That’s how a professional goes out there and competes. If nothing is hurt, you can play go play.”

Per CSN Philadelphia: “Sixers center Joel Embiid is back in Philadelphia, information being reviewed from his time in California. No updates, timetable for next steps.”

Per the San Antonio Express-News: “Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Dejounte Murray (pelvic bone) is ‘two or three” weeks away from returning.”

Per the Los Angeles Daily News: “Now you, too, can scout like an NBA general manager. Most of them no longer scout year-round, catching a local game or a conference tournament before the process spills into the spotlight in the NCAA Tournament that everyone watches and, consequently, gets excited about.”

The Thunder recalled Josh Huestis from the Oklahoma City Blue, per the team.

The Hawks recalled DeAndre’ Bembry from the Salt Lake City Stars, per the team.

Dribbles: Rest seems to serve Cavs well, huh?