LeBron James has requested for the Cleveland Cavaliers to re-sign restricted free agent Tristan Thompson back to the team.
The two-time NBA Champion said according to ESPN: "Our No. 1 objective right now is to sign Tristan. He's a huge part of our team. Short term and long term he makes our team more dangerous."
Thompson and the Cavs haven’t been in contact with one another since July. The 24-year-old has been looking for a five-year deal worth $94 million or close to that number, but the Cavs have been offering less.
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Talks turned even more heated earlier this week when the first round pick of the 2011 draft agent, Rich Paul, said the player would leave the team when he hits unrestricted free agency if he has to sign a one-year qualifying offer of $6.8 million. This will not make LeBron James happy; whose agent is also Paul.
James said: "Things need to be worked out from his side and the Cavs, but we need him back. I think our front office has done a great job this summer. The next step is to get Tristan done."
James of course is reflecting on the Cavs management in re-signing himself, Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert, and James Jones this offseason to contracts totalling more than $200 million in guaranteed money. They also brought in veteran free agents Mo Williams and Richard Jefferson.
It should only be a matter of time before Thompson signs another deal. The Cavs would be stupid to let such a young and talented star go. If a player like James thinks of him highly, then that’s a strong indication that he should still be on the team.