Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Team May Lose Tristan Thompson; Improved Forward Set To Leave Team If Force To Sign One-Year Contract
Tristan Thompson is set to leave Cleveland Cavaliers with no offer if the team forced him to take a one-year deal.
Cavs knows how Thompson has emerged as one of the improved forward and key players of their team during the playoff rounds, especially during the times when Kevin Love was not playing, according to The Blow, so losing him might cause a big impact if they let it happen.
The 24-year-old Canadian professional basketball player, Thompson is currently in a standoff with his current team, Cavs. The two are in talks about Thompson’s contract with the team for a month now.
Based on reports, Rich Paul, Thompson’s agent, expressed his position on the recent issue of the contract impasse to a number of media outlets and advised the Cavs to not force his client to take a one-year deal with them. Adding that if the team makes a move like this, they better mark the upcoming season to remember as this will definitely be Thompson’s last season with them.
“If [Thompson] is on the qualifying offer, [this] will be his last year with the Cavs.”
Moreover, sources reported to ESPN that the talks about the problem in the contract was raised in mid-July. It was said that Thompson is looking for a contract deal at around or near the max of $94 million over five years, and the Cleveland Cavaliers team is currently offering him for less.
Adding on, it was reported that one of his options is to get the $6.8 million one-year qualifying offer. If this happens, meaning it would let Thompson be one of the unrestricted free agents next summer.
The option that the Canadian player wants may lead the Cavs to decide to not let him sign a contract with them, noting that they already signed LeBron James last month for $23 million and Kevin Love for a maximum deal. This could be the team’s reason to not be entertained to get Thompson.
But, some sources reported that Cleveland Cavaliers has expressed that they really want Thompson to be part of their team, and sign him to a long-term deal. Until now, the talks have been professional and no decision has been made.
There are only two teams who can afford Thompson’s offer, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Philadelphia 76rs.
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