Tristan Thompson isn't one of the big three players on the Cleveland Cavaliers roster that everyone talks about so often. But it looks like the Cavaliers were ready to pay the power forward like he was one. And Thompson turned it down!
According to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Thompson - who just so happens to have the same agent as one LeBron James - was offered a staggering $52 million dollars by the Cavaliers, which was rejected.
"Within the NBA, officials expected maybe $10 million a year, perhaps $12 million if Klutch wanted to push it. Well, they kept pushing it. Thompson turned down a $13 million-a-year extension offer – four-years, $52 million," Woj wrote earlier today.
As Wojnarowski reported, absolutely no one in the NBA - Execs, journalists and fans alike - would expect Tristan Thompson, who is nowhere near All-Star level, to be paid that well. $13million a year for a player who in an ideal world wouldn't even start for the Cavaliers is simply ludicrous money. There is a good reason for it though. This was all part of the deal that saw LeBron return to Cleveland.
"James is the biggest reason Klutch Sports exists, and he's an active recruiter of high school, college and current NBA players to join the agency. Of course, plenty of players help their agents recruit. So when James committed as a free agent in July, everyone understood there was a tax – spoken or unspoken – that would come with James' return, that would manifest itself in an above-market deal for Thompson," Wojnarowski added.
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Thompson is going to get nowhere near that much money as a restricted free agent this summer, so either he and his representatives are trying to get the Cavaliers to offer them even more, or he fancies risking it for a year, accepting a qualifying offer this summer and hitting the unrestricted free agency market in 2016 and getting an even bigger deal in the hopes that he pushes on and becomes a better player. Maybe even becoming an NBA champion along the way.
Thompson is averaging 28 minutes per game this season for the Cavaliers. In those 28 minutes he is contributing 9.7 points and 7.9 points on average. Hardly at an All-Star calibre.