Tristan Thompson’s agent warned on Monday that the star will leave Cleveland Cavaliers if he is forced to take a one-year contract. In that case, the coming season would be Thompson’s last season at Cleveland.
Cavs and restricted free agent Thompson’s talks regarding a new contract couldn’t reach an agreement for over a month.
“If [Thompson] is on the qualifying offer, this will be his last year with the Cavs,” agent Rich Paul told media.
The Contract Dispute
No agreement has been reached between the Cavs and Thompson because according to experts, this is “one of the most complex free agency situations of the last decade.”
Tristan Thompson was eying a max contract, roughly $94 million over five years. This is the reason why talks between the two parties broke off mid-July.
The Cavs’ offer is significantly less than that, according to ESPN.
Accepting the one-year qualifying offer for $6.8 million that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent next summer is an option for Thompson. But the free agent is unlikely to take a final call till the start of the training camps next month.
Earlier it was reported that Thompson and the Cavaliers were nearing a five-year, $80 million deal.
Rich Paul is also the agent of LeBron James. The All-star signed a one-year, $23 million deal with the Cavs last month with a player option for the 2016-17 season. James initially didn’t want to re-sign without Thompson doing so, bu then he did, and talks between the two parties were buried.
The Cavs management has shown keen interest to retain Thompson on a long-term deal. Talks have been thoroughly professional, and without any ill-will to this point, according to sources.
Other Teams Capable Of Signing Thompson
Currently two teams have the cap space to offer Thompson a contract he’s been looking for. The Portland Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers, though neither team has approached the star til this moment.
Cleveland Cavaliers have the right to match any offer to Thompson.