INDEPENDENCE: Tristan Thompson considered the fact that the New York Knicks wanted him in a potential trade for Carmelo Anthony a compliment.

After 10-time All-Star Anthony ended up being sent to Oklahoma City, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported that the Cavs-Knicks conversation failed to progress because the Knicks wanted Thompson.

“Anyone can make a phone call, right?” Thompson said Tuesday after practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “I’m pretty sure when the top players in the NBA are free agents, everyone calls their agent and asks, ‘Hey, how’s that guy doing?’ Then a story comes out, ‘Hey, someone is interested in a guy.’

“The Knicks are going to make their calls. I guess my value is pretty up there, I would say. Carmelo Anthony? Not bad.”

Thompson averaged 8.1 points and 9.2 rebounds (15th in the league) last season. His career-best 60 percent shooting from the field was the second-highest in team history for a player who made at least 200 shots. He also ranked fifth in the NBA in offensive rebounds per game (3.7) and seventh in total offensive rebounds (286).

Thompson, 26, said he is glad the deal was rebuffed.

“I want to be part of a winning culture so I’m glad I’m still here,” he said. “Teams are going to do what’s best for them at the end of the day, so you always got to be ready. I’m glad to be somewhere where I’m wanted. But I’m not worried about that stuff. I’m only worried about doing my job and producing and playing.”

As for all the players changing teams this summer, Thompson said, “Man, I was chilling. I wasn’t worried about none of that. I got to take my two months and enjoy them. Be with my family, decompress. Because 12 months of all basketball, that will drive you nuts.”

Happy for Irving

Kyrie Irving was the first overall pick in the 2011 draft and Thompson the fourth, but their time together ended last month when Irving was sent to the Boston Celtics for a package of players and draft choices. Thompson said he spoke to Irving before the trade and again after.

“He reached out to me, so I definitely appreciate that. If he’s happy, I’m happy for him,” Thompson said.

As for breaking into the league together and enduring three losing seasons before LeBron James returned, Thompson said: “Kyrie was just part of the journey, right? We definitely had great times together and our relationship is always going to be bigger than basketball. I definitely wish him the best.”

When the two meet again on Oct. 17 when the Celtics visit the Cavs, Thompson said there will be hugs, but also intense competition.

“When the ball gets tossed up, we’re going to go at it,” Thompson said. “If it’s a pick-and-roll and I’ve got a blitz on him and I’ve got to switch out on him, I know what he likes to do and he knows how I play defense, so it’s going to be fun.”

No brainer

Shooting guard Kyle Korver agreed to terms of a three-year, $22 million contract with the Cavs on the second day of free agency after joining the team in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on Jan. 7. His third-year salary includes a partial guarantee.

Korver, 36, shot an NBA-best .451 from 3-point range last season and his career total of 2,049 3-pointers is tied for fifth most all-time. He played in his first NBA Finals last season.

“It wasn’t too hard of a negotiation,” Korver said. “It was a little up in the air because of some things going on with the team. But this is what we wanted to happen. This was the best team that offered me and I wanted to come back.”

Roster move

The Cavs signed rookie forward JaCorey Williams, 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, from Middle Tennessee State. Williams was the Conference USA player of the year last season, averaging 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds and shooting .533 from the field in 36 games. He spent his first three seasons at Arkansas.

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