Tristan Thompson and Cavaliers still $14 million apart in negotiations

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With time running out for Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers to reach an agreement on a new long-term contract, a report today from ESPN will concern fans of the franchise.

Bad news

According to Brian Windhorst, there has been virtually no movement in negotiations between the two sides with a huge $14 million disparity between the player's demands and the Cavaliers' valuation remaining unsolved.

Considering talks have been taking place since the offseason began, and the fact that it was thought a deal was a virtual lock as far back as July, the ongoing stalemate is a worry for the NBA Finals runners-up.

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What's more, according to the same report, if Thompson doesn't get the $94 million max-deal he seeks by the end of the week, the young star will likely sign the qualifying offer. Such a decision would all but end Cleveland's hopes of keeping the 24-year-old beyond 2016.

Indeed, Thompson's agent noted last month that, should his client sign the $6.9 million one-year deal, he would not be returning to the franchise after this season.

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Miles apart

In his four years with Cleveland, Tristan Thompson has developed into an impressive two-way talent.

And, having particularly impressed down the stretch during the Cavs' postseason run in 2014-15, the power forward is confident he would be able to best the $80 contract on offer if he were to hit free agency next summer.

However, with fellow bigs; Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao and Timofey Mozgov all on the Cleveland roster, it looks like the franchise are unwilling to pay above the odds to stack their roster.

After beginning the summer with high expectations, this one looks increasingly likely to turn sour for the title contenders.

Cavs fans: Is your team right to hold out from caving into Thompson's demands? Is he worth $94 million.? Have your say in the comments below...

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