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Tristan Thompson Reportedly Willing to Agree to 3-Year, $53 Million Deal

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The Tristan Thompson saga has taken another turn. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Thursday that Thompson was going to sign a three-year, $53 million with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that was soon refuted by multiple Cavaliers beat writers:

Broussard soon corrected his original tweet, saying Thompson would be willing to take three years, $53 million and wasn’t sticking to the five-year, $94 million demand:

Now, a three-year, $53 million deal with a player option wouldn’t be a bad compromise for Thompson. He’d still basically get what he’s looking for annually, and he’d have the chance to hit free agency again in 2017 when the cap jumps up to around $108 million. Barring a disaster, he’d get quite the hefty contract then.

Of course, this is overshadowed by the fact that Broussard was wrong once again in his reporting. It seems like we have a situation where Paul gave Broussard that number, and Broussard ran with it like it was the actual deal and not just a number that Thompson would be fine with.

Thompson could very well end up signing this type of deal, or perhaps the Cavaliers budge and offer a bit more than the five-year, $80 million that’s currently on the table. But whatever happens, not a great look for Broussard.

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