The three-week standoff between Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers has finally come to an end, according to Bleacher Report. Tristan Thompson agreed to a $82 million contract for a span of five years after he and his agent turned down a four-year, $52 million extension during the start of the 2014-2015 NBA season.
Thompson who was drafted by the Cavaliers four years ago was one of the driving forces in the basketball club’s crusade to the NBA Finals last season which was ultimately won by the Golden State Warriors in Game 6. The 24-year-old filled the void with Kevin Love’s exit in the first round of the playoffs due to a shoulder injury. Thompson nabbed an average of 10.8 boards and 9.6 points per game night.
The impasse could have ended in July for Thompson and the Cavaliers management as mentioned in Business Insider. Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, who is also Lebron James’ agent, started courting for a new max deal despite almost coming to a five-year 80 million contract.
With each camp pleased, Thompson will now enter the list of one of power forwards with maximum wages and the Cavaliers will regain a significant piece of their Finals run for another shot at redemption in the coming 2015-2016 NBA season. Thompson will now be suiting up for practice as the Cavaliers will take on their Eastern Conference rivals the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, October 27.
DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings gave an indirect shot at the newly signed basketball covenant in a social media post, as reported by Sun Times Network, by tweeting “How much???”
This came when news broke of the massive signing that resumed Tristan Thompson of his duties as the first big man off the bench for the Cavs which adds more ceiling to the returning Kevin Love and center Timofey Mozgov.
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