Tristan Thompson to miss Cavaliers media day as contract saga rolls on

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The Cleveland Cavaliers, as with 25 of their fellow NBA franchises, are taking part in the 2015-16 Media Day today. 

Unfortunately for the 2015 Finals runners-up there will be one player conspicuous by his absence when they welcome in the world's media.

No show

As reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Tristan Thompson will not be at Cleveland's facility on Monday having failed to agree to a new contract with the franchise.


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This will come as a disappointment to Cavs fans after reports over the weekend had suggested the summer-long saga was finally nearing an end.

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As it is, with Thompson unwilling to budge on his demands for a max contract (whether that be a three or five-year variety) attention now turns to Thursday - the deadline for the two-way star to sign his $6.9 million qualifying offer.

Even if Thompson does sign the one-year deal in the next 72 hours, it isn't exactly great news considering what the player's agent recently said of the qualifying offer.

Speaking last month, Thompson's representative reportedly claimed that signing a qualifying offer would almost certainly mean the 24-year-old wouldn't return beyond the 2015-16 season.

Worth it?

It is thought Thompson is currently seeking a three-year, $53 million deal.

With the young player having only emerged as a top-level talent in the latter stages of the 2014-15 season, when Cleveland was missing a number of big names through injury, there are many who argue Thomspon isn't worthy of a max-contract at this stage.

As a result, with the player unwilling to budge, the Ohio franchise are in a no-win situation. Hold firm on their offer and they risk losing an exciting talent. Give in to the big money demands, and they risk regretting the decision down the line.

Cavs fans: Should your team pay Thompson's demands, is he worth it? Have your say in the comments below...

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