Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James will not be deciding his future with the team on whether or not they re-sign Tristan Thompson.
The 30-year-old has been very vocal over Thompson during the offseason and has recommended that his team re-signs the 24-year-old free agent as quickly as possible.
But any deal that is going to be signed will have to be completed before October 1 when Thompson's qualifying offer expires. Currently though, the team and the free agent are $14 million apart in contract negotiations.
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Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com has said: "A source close to James said Thompson’s contract is a 'non-discussion right now' for James as it relates to his own future, and a team source said the Cavs believe 'LeBron’s goals don’t change relative to Tristan Thompson or anyone. Be as good as we can be for as long as we can be.'"
So James' future with the team won't be decided whatever happens to Thompson in the next few weeks, but would you really want to upset the face of your franchise by not signing him up? That would be a rather idiotic thing for the Cavaliers to do.
It certainly doesn't mean he is going to bond with the team for the rest of his NBA career. More or less, it just means he won't be leaving on that reason alone. Cavaliers must be careful not to push the boundaries any further if they decide not to give Thompson an improved offer.
Thompson is an exceptional talent that will help the Cavaliers stay close to the top of the NBA standings for as long as possible. He needs to be given a better offer before time runs out.