Power forward Tristan Thompson has, as of yet, failed to reach an agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers over a new contract.
According to ESPN, restricted free agent Thompson has reduced his initial demands for a
five-year, maximum deal worth $94 million, to $53 million over three years.
The Thompson camp’s demands, however, have been rebuffed by the Cavaliers.
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Thompson has a couple of options – he has, at the time of reporting, till Thursday to
accept a one-year $6.9 million qualifying offer from the Cavaliers, or sign a long-term contract as relayed by the NBA’s Brian Windhorst.
Team officials are not as yet calling the situation a holdout, as the term technically applies to contracted players in contract standoffs with their respective teams.
ESPN Cleveland Cavaliers reporter Dave McMenamin has questioned Thompson’s motive for his current standoff with the Cavs, theorising that his agent might be thinking that the 2011 NBA Draft fourth pick can get better contract offers from other teams due to changing economics in the NBA.
It seems weird for a player that has just come off his first NBA playoffs finals appearance and playing in a team with arguably the best player in the league, LeBron James, to be reluctant to commit and agree to a very reasonable initial five-year, $80 million offer.
SOLID TEAM PLAYER WORTH RETAINING?
Averaging 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds over his four-year NBA career, the 6 ft 9 in University of Texas alumni has developed into an important player for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has also appeared in 308 consecutive games for the Ohio-based team.
ESPN First Take’s Stephen A. Smith gave a particularly glowing endorsement of Thompson and reiterated his value to the Cavs during a show dated September 22, 2015.
He also made note of Thompson’s prowess as a rebounder and his key performances during the NBA playoffs – particularly in the finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Smith also opined that Thompson deserves to be offered the five-year, $94 million contract that he is demanding, especially considering the fact that his teammate Kevin Love got a five-year, $110 million contract extension when his physical condition is anything but pristine.
Love has had serious shoulder and knee injuries in the past which required surgery and lengthy layoffs.
FANS NOT IMPRESSED
It remains to be seen whether the Cavaliers will bow to Thompson’s demands.
While the NBA pundits seem to rate the gangly Toronto native, it would appear that the wine and gold faithful have their feet firmly planted on the other side of the fence if the following
reactions to Dave McMenamin’s tweet are anything to go by: