Tristan Thompson still doesn’t have a new deal from the Cleveland Cavaliers, so the power forward won’t be at Cavaliers Media Day on Monday, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Thompson’s camp made it known to Cleveland that he’d accept a three-year, $53 million deal as opposed to a full five-year, $94 million max deal, but the Cavaliers haven’t shown any interest in either deal. Cleveland has offered a five-year deal worth $80 million, and Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group says the team may be willing to go a bit higher with its offer.
But as of right now, there’s nothing imminent. Thompson has until Thursday to sign a new long-term deal or the one-year, $6.78 million qualifying offer. The two sides can also mutually agree to extend the qualifying offer deadline, which would create a holdout situation.
This has been a complicated situation all summer, and that certainly hasn’t changed as we reach the unofficial beginning of the NBA season.