NBA Trade News: Toronto Raptors Eyeing Tristan Thompson
Toronto Raptors are looking to make the most between Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Raptors, in a bid to boost their defense, have acquired DeMarre Carroll, Bismack Biyombo and Cory Joseph in this offseason trade. But Amir Johnson left the team leaving a gap in the forward line.
The Raptors are eyeing another transaction to fill up the void in order to become a serious contender for the Eastern Conference Championship.
On the other-side, Tristan Thompson’s agent Rich Paul feels the pasture back at home is greener for his client. Paul shall try to work out a percentage of Thompson’s desired deal with the Cavs, ($95 million, 5 years) first, and if things fail, Toronto could become the most preferable destination for the former Cavs star.
“I always thought he was going to end up in Toronto this year,” an Eastern Conference general manager said. “There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he will get it.”
Thompson returning home is no longer just a rumor, as the seeds of the deal have already been planted.
After a series of signings in the free-agency, the Cavs’ tax-bill has exceeded limits. So the franchise is still negotiating with the Thompson’s camp in a bid to make him accept a one-year deal. As a restricted free agent, Tristan Thompson has two options: either to accept the one-year extension, or to sign on a qualifying offer worth $7.5 million. Thompson, as of now, looks to be heading for the latter. The Cavs will definitely consider trading him before he gets a chance to opt out at the end of the season.
And there the Raptors have their chance to buy him to bolster their forward position.