The real reason Tristan Thompson turned down Cleveland Cavaliers deal

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have spent the entire offseason trying to bring Tristan Thompson back to the franchise on a new deal to no avail as of yet.

The fact the big man is still not on the Cleveland roster is made all the more frustrating for Cavs fans by the fact a deal was said to be all but done as far back as July 1st.

Pulling the plug

Until now it hasn't been clear exactly why that deal failed to materialize as expected. A report today, though, has revealed the main reason Thompson and his team walked away at the last minute.


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According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the 24-year-old pulled the plug on a five-year, $80 million contract offer because he felt he was being under-valued compared to other players of his calibre who had signed more lucrative deals.

Per the report:

"Thompson’s camp pulled back from the $80 million number, wanting the Cavs to step up with more based on what virtually everyone else in Thompson’s peer range got."

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The big men who have signed bumper deals in recent months include Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe, Draymond Green and LaMarcus Aldridge, to name but a few. All of these players were handed more dollars that the $80 million put Thompson's way.

However, while Tristan Thompson has developed into a high level two-way star, it may be something of a stretch from the player and his representatives to put him in the same ball park as the names above.

Hurdles to overcome

Unfortunately for Cleveland it looks like Thompson has his heart set on getting somewhere close to a max deal and joining those stars in the process.

The Cavs may like to up their $80 million offer and get the whole situation resolved but, with the NBA Finals runners up so close to the luxury tax cap already, they simply cannot afford to go much higher than the second-tier offer put on the table in July.

Someone is going to have to budge if Tristan Thompson is to line up as a Cavaliers player in the years to come.

Cavs fans: Should the team break the bank for Thompson or is he over-pricing himself? Have your say in the comments below...

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