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LeBron James confident Cavaliers will strike deal with Tristan Thompson

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With Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers unable to come to terms on a new, long-term contract prior to today's Media Day, it was left to the Ohio franchise's remaining stars to discuss the future of one of last year's brightest stars.

And, of course, LeBron James was the man most wanted to hear from when questions on Thompson were put to the team on Monday.

Going public

Having been vocal over the summer when talking about the importance of re-signing Thompson, it was no surprise to hear the four-time NBA MVP backing the saga to come to an end that was beneficial for both team and player.

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As reported by Cavaliers beat writer Chris Haynes, James can see a positive resolution around the corner:

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LeBron also reiterated the importance of the 24-year-old Thompson to the Cavs' chances of going one step further next season and securing that elusive NBA title.

Although James also insisted he has played no part in the team's negotiation attempts with Thompson, his words do come as discussions appear to be heading in a positive direction.

Positive

After having appeared reluctant to budge from their five-year, $80 million offer that has been on the table for much of the summer, it now looks like Cleveland may be willing to edge closer to the player's wishes.

Cleveland.com is reporting that, although the franchise won't match the max contract demands of Thompson, they are now willing to compromise in an effort to get a long-term contract secured.

This is something of a surprise considering the Cavaliers are already struggling to stay on the right side of the salary cap. 

Still, with LeBron championing the move in the media, they would be a brave front office to walk away now.

Cavs fans: Will Tristan Thompson re-sign, and is he worth such a hit to the cap? Have your say in the comments below...

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Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
LeBron James

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