The Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson have not discussed a deal in nearly a month, so his agent said today that if his client is forced to take the one year deal, he will leave at the end of next season.
Agent Rich Paul revealed the news to several media outlets. Last year, Thompson decided to turn down a huge deal from the team and many were shocked. The decision paid off, Thompson was a huge part of the Cavs playoff success and help them reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The Cavs and Thompson stopped talks of a deal last month. The forward is looking for a near or max contract. Cleveland is offering way less, according to ESPN.
Thompson’s other option is to accept the one year deal from the team worth around $6.8 million that would make him an unrestricted free agent after next season. Thompson has plenty of time to think about it since training camp starts next month.
His agent, who also represents LeBron James, has not had success in getting a deal for Thompson. The team recently signed LeBron to a one year deal worth $23 million and he was hoping to get Thompson a contract next.
Talks and Teams That Could Offer Him Max
The Cavs have said they want to keep Thompson and have discussed a deal many times in the past. There are currently two teams that could offer him what he wants, the Philadelphia Sixers and Portland Trail Blazers. The Sixers have been on rebuilding mode for a while and the Blazers recently lost most of their roster to free agency.
Thompson put up a great postseason after the team suffered big injuries. He is a good rebounder and one of the best defenders on the Cavs. In the offseason, the team has focused on keeping its roster intact, signing Dellavedova, LeBron and only letting go of J. R. Smith, Miller and Haywood.
LeBron, who asked the Cavs to sign all the players before offering him a deal, signed before Thompson and it looks like the talks will go on for a while since the two are far away from agreeing to a number. Thompson played in all 82 games last season and averaged 8.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. He was huge for the Cavs after Kevin Love went down with a shoulder injury early in the playoffs. Thompson has already represented Canada at the FIBA Americas U18 and U19 Championship.
What should the Cavaliers do?