There has been little to no communication between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson over a new contract.
The Canadian rejected a five-year, $80 million contract last month with the Cavaliers because his peers received more money. He responded apparently according to Pro Basketball Talk by claiming he wants a max deal of $94,343,125 over five years.
This huge gap has caused communications between the two sides to cease momentarily according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, via Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors.
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He said: “All I know is Rich Paul is asking for five years and $94MM and the Cavaliers are $14MM short of that figure. That’s Randy Moss-type separation. There’s limited to zero communication because of that tremendous gap.”
Communications between the two sides are expected to resume properly again before the deadline for Thompson to accept his qualifying offer which is October 1. Until then, neither side has any reason to budge on the current ground which they stand on.
LeBron James believes the resigning of Thompson should be the number one priority for the Cavaliers. James and Thompson share the same agent in Rich Paul as well, and reports have emerged that he could refrain from signing a long-term deal with the team until at least 2017.
Upsetting James by not resigning Thompson could not only make this period even longer due to not listening to James, but also because of Paul being his agent as well, it could add a sense of awkwardness between the two sides.
This situation with Thompson could make Paul look at the James deal like this. You failed to give Thompson, promising star, the deal he wants. Why should I believe you will give James the deal he wants? Is James going to receive the same kind of treatment now as well because he is getting older?