The Tristan Thompson contract talks are still at a stalemate, and the posturing continues, as Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher says Thompson won’t sign a long-term deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers unless he gets a max deal worth $94 million over five years.
In addition, Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, believes the Toronto Raptors are willing to give the power forward a max deal next summer if he signs the one-year qualifying offer in Cleveland. Thompson is a Canada native, and there was a recent report from Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops that hinted Paul may be trying to get the big man to Toronto.
It’s pretty clear that Thompson and Paul are trying to put pressure on the Cavaliers to up their offer, which reportedly started at five years, $80 million. Thompson could very well have some desire to go play for the Raptors, but getting his money from a perennial title contender in Cleveland would seem to be the preferable option.
But will the Cavaliers pay up? They still have some time to wait this out, and perhaps Thompson winds up taking a bit less than the max instead of taking the risk of the qualifying offer. Cleveland could also just give in and give him the max, which is a bit excessive for a player of his caliber, but could ultimately be worth it thanks to the rising cap.