The athlete hit the big time in 2011 when he was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers after only one year playing college basketball for the Texas Longhorns. Tristan played for the Cavaliers for nine years and raked in an annual salary of about $15 million.
In 2015, he signed a five-year contract with the Ohio-based team worth $82 million, following four months of negotiations. Cleveland is probably glad they ponied up the money for Tristan, though, because the Cavaliers took the NBA championship the following year.
In 2020, he relocated to the east coast after agreeing to a two-year, $19 million contract with the Boston Celtics, which meant his “annual average salary” was around $9,489,450, according to SportRac. Tristan averaged 7.6 points and 8.1 rebounds with Boston in 54 games, including 43 starts. By August 2021, the 10-year veteran was acquired by the Sacramento Kings. As of 2022, he’s earning an average salary of $17 million, Celebrity Net Worth reports.
The NBA star also dabbles in modeling, which serves as a lucrative side hustle, and previously sported looks for the GQxNeimanMarcus collab.
Clearly, Tristan is doing well, which means he gets to spoil his kids all he wants. He has son Prince Thompson, whom he welcomed with ex Jordan Craig in 2016. He also shares daughter True Thompson with on-and-off girlfriend Khloé Kardashian.
In summer 2021, former personal trainer Maralee Nichols alleged she and Tristan were expecting baby No. 3, according to court documents obtained by Life & Style. Nichols claims the baby was conceived on Thompson’s 30th birthday on March 13. Nichols would later welcome the baby on December 2, 2021. In January 2022, the center confirmed he fathered the child in a lengthy statement via his Instagram Story.
“Today, paternity test results revealed that I fathered a child with Maralee Nichols. I take full responsibility for my actions. Now that paternity has been established, I look forward to amicably raising our son,” he began, adding, “I sincerely apologize to everyone I’ve hurt or disappointed throughout this ordeal both publicly and privately.”
Tristan then went on to apologize to Khloé, whom he was dating at the time Maralee became pregnant. “You don’t deserve this. You don’t deserve the heartache and humiliation I have caused you. You don’t deserve the way I have treated you over the years,” he revealed. “My actions certainly have not lined up with the way I view you. I have the upmost [sic] respect and love for you. Regardless of what you may think. Again, I am so incredibly sorry.”
Tristan and Khloé welcomed their little girl in April 2018, just as his first cheating scandal erupted. The couple worked it out and got back together shortly after. However, things went downhill less than a year later when he cheated again, but this time it was with former family friend Jordyn Woods.
That seemed to be the last straw for Khloé because they immediately broke up and stayed separated until their reunion in July 2020. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star decided to get back with him because he “promised her he’s a changed man,” a source revealed to In Touch after their reconciliation. “She’s always loved him and always will.”
Come June 2021, the pair called it quits again. “Tristan will always be True’s dad, and he’s a good father to her, but he’ll never be a good partner to Khloé,” a separate source told In Touch at the time. “She still held out hope, so this is yet another wake-up call … Khloé will move on, but it’s bittersweet and heartbreaking.”