AceShowbiz - Tristan Thompson appears to be determined to keep being around Khloe Kardashian. The basketball player has been confirmed to join Los Angeles Laker after purchasing a new residence near ex-girlfriend's house.
"OFFICIAL: Tristan Thompson is a Los Angeles Laker," the California-based team announced on Twitter on Sunday, April 9. It confirmed an ESPN report that the 32-year-old Canada native signed a contract.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham explained why the team decided to add the Canadian star before the team's game on Sunday. "Just to shore up our backcourt and to shore up our frontline. What he brings, his spirit, his positivity as well as the way he's played, years and years of championship-level basketball. Championship pedigree. Great guy to be around, great teammate, I've heard nothing but great things about him," he said.
"And having coached against him for a bunch of years, he and I have always had a great rapport throughout his career. I'm a big fan of him, I watched him back when he was playing at Texas. But just another great guy to add a serviceable player if we need to go in that direction," Darvin went on gushing. The Lakers also added Shaquille Harrison.
The team swap arrived after it was reported that Tristan is still hopeful he will reconcile with Khloe. "Khloe and Tristan live 0.2 miles away from each other in Hidden Hills. He hasn't completely given up hope. Tristan is thrilled about having his own place so close to Khloe so he can visit her and the kids as often as possible. He hasn't completely given up hope," a source said of the 32-year-old former NBA player.
The insider went on to add that Tristan is aware that he and "The Kardashians" star will always be in each other's lives and is "happy" that he was able to find a house so close to the Good American founder's because he wants to be there for the children, daughter True and a son whose name has yet to be revealed.
The insider added, "He knows they're always going to be in each other's lives because of their children. But that doesn't mean he hasn't been trying. At this point, he feels like all he can do is be the best father to their kids that he can and show Khloe over time that he's there for their family. He is so happy he was able to find a home right around the corner from them because they're his priority. He just wants to be there for his kids."