The Cavaliers want Tristan Thompson, and the rebounding machine wants to remain in Cleveland. So what’s the holdup?
Well according to ESPN.com, about $14 million separates the Cavaliers and Thompson from the longterm extension both sides have been negotiating for months.
The Cavs have held firm at an offer of five years and $80 million with Thompson looking for a max contract of $94 million over the same span, sources said. The talks have been at a virtual standstill since early July, and there isn’t much optimism on either side.
If no deal is reached by the end of the week, Thompson may sign the Cavs’ one-year qualifying offer of $6.9 million to become an unrestricted free agent next year. His agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN last month that if Thompson signs the one-year qualifier that he will not re-sign with the Cavs long-term in 2016.
The Cavs have held firm to the believe that they’ve offered Thompson a fair deal. I agree, but it’s up to Thompson to try to determine his true worth and value.
Watching guys with similar talent get max deals did not help the Cavs at all. Thompson and LeBron James have a close relationship and share the same agent.
This could get interesting.