LeBron James has made it publicly known how important he feels Tristan Thompson is to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the four-time MVP isn’t pressuring the Cavaliers to cave in to Thompson’s salary demands, according to Joe Vardon of Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Thompson and the Cavaliers have been at a stalemate in negotiations for nearly three months, with the two sides reportedly still about $14 million apart. Cleveland has a five-year, $80 million offer on the table, while Thompson is seeking a five-year max deal worth about $94 million.
Despite this impasse, LeBron, who shares an agent with Thompson, isn’t taking part in these negotiations, and whatever happens with Thompson reportedly won’t have an impact on James’s future.
LeBron and Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, has said that if Thompson signs the one-year, $6.78 million qualifying offer, the power forward will leave as an unrestricted free agent next summer when the cap rises. Thompson has until Oct. 1 to decide what he wants to do.