The Tristan Thompson contract saga has still not reached any conclusion. The Cleveland Cavaliers power forward and his agent are still at odds with the Cavaliers managements and their offer sheet.
As of last Friday all has been a deadlock for both camps as cited by Bleacher Report.
“There’s no communication ongoing between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson’s agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini,” an insider reported.
To make matters worse, it has been indicated that both sides have given no impression of taking the deal to the next level.
Speculations have also indicated that the 6’9 Canadian’s contract holdout will take its course when the NBA regular season starts, an impasse which Cavaliers’ main man Lebron James has greatly pondered as “a distraction.”
Thompson’s other option as brought up will be to sit it out for the entire season. He will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2016 when the NBA cap space will balloon up to possible $33 million.
Thompson, who has missed two weeks of training camp, had a break-out performance last season when starting forward Kevin Love injured his shoulder during the first round of the playoffs. The former McDonalds’ All-American averaged 8.5 boards per game.
Yahoo Finance mentioned that Thompson’s salary face off with the Cavaliers had almost come to a harmonious five-year $80 million hand-shake but somehow it also never took off. Thompson and his agents called a bluff to see if the management will give in to a max contract of more than $90 million, a prospect which has never come into light.
Thompson, who has been a restricted free agent since July, as reported by Fox Sports, has been given the warning signs lately by the Cavaliers management. All signage which indicate the image of the 24-year-old athlete has been taken away at the Quicken Loans Arena. This included the entrance of an elevator displaying the image of Thompson and other related merchandise to the basketball player.
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