The drama that saw the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson at opposite sides of the NBA spectrum might end soon. While no official details have been confirmed by both parties, the rumor mill churned out an interesting piece of information in the past days - that is, Tristan Thompson will reportedly accept a three-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers worth $53 million. Should this rumor be eventually proven to be correct, then it could be said that Tristan Thompson opted to stay with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love despite the substantial decrease in his target income. Earlier this NBA offseason, the Canadian basketball star demanded a five-year deal worth $94 million.
The news came following the claims of ESPN's Chris Broussard, who reported that Rich Paul and his client, Tristan Thompson, decided to soften their stance against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It could be recalled that LeBron James himself called out the NBA team earlier this year and pointed out that the Cleveland Cavaliers must exhaust all means to keep Tristan Thompson in the squad until the latter hangs his jersey. This statement from the former Miami Heat star presumably bolstered the conviction of Tristan Thompson in terms of his value in the NBA team, which prompted him to demand for a max deal from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately for Tristan Thompson, the Cleveland Cavaliers did not wholeheartedly agree with his assessment of his skills - a belief that then led to intense negotiations throughout the NBA offseason.
As per the last update on the price of the five-year deal yearned by Tristan Thompson from his Cleveland Cavaliers family, reports claim that there remains a $14 million discrepancy in the contract. That is to say, the Cleveland Cavaliers could only offer Tristan Thompson a five-year deal worth $80 million. However, it seems that the imminent commencement of the NBA regular season now poses more urgency to the matter. Tristan Thompson, who has not been with the Cleveland Cavaliers throughout the offseason and refused to participate in the voluntary training camp led by LeBron James in Miami, might be feeling a tad panicked as the issue remains at a standstill.
"He has a one year qualifying offer, but that is not what he wants," noted Ryan Rosko of Sports Illustrated. The sports analyst added, "Since no other deal has been offered and definitely confirmed, Thompson really should sign that QO. I understand getting paid as much as possible on a multiyear deal is a priority. We all would like to get as much money as possible."
At this point, however, it has become a topic of contention among fans and followers of the Cleveland Cavaliers as to why LeBron James has not said anything about the issue since he last commended Tristan Thompson. In fact, King James appears to be distancing himself from the whole Tristan Thompson dilemma and is currently focusing on the voluntary training camp he held with the Cleveland Cavaliers stars. At the moment, it remains to be seen whether or not Tristan Thompson will be playing alongside JR Smith, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James after this NBA season.