LeBron James was at Cedar Point on Thursday for an event for his foundation, and the four-time NBA MVP said re-signing Tristan Thompson is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ “No. 1 objective” right now, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst:
“Our No. 1 objective right now is to sign Tristan,” James said Thursday at Cedar Point amusement park. “He’s a huge part of our team. Short term and long term he makes our team more dangerous.”
The negotiations between Thompson and the Cavaliers got real earlier this week when his agent, Rich Paul, said next season would be the power forward’s last with the team if he took the $6.78 million qualifying offer. The 24-year-old is seeking a max contract of five-years, $94 million, and Cleveland is believed to be offering a five-year deal worth about $80 million:
“Things need to be worked out from his side and the Cavs, but we need him back,” James said. “I think our front office has done a great job this summer. The next step is to get Tristan done.”
Paul, who’s also LeBron’s agent, was at the LeBron James Family Foundation event, but he declined to comment on the negotiations.
The reason for the event was for James to announce a partnership with the University of Akron that’ll give full scholarships to students who complete his “I Promise” program in Akron and meet the attendance and grade requirements. There are currently 1,100 students in the program, and as part of the deal, Akron’s College of Education is now named after LeBron’s foundation.