A few days ago, we reported that Tristan Thompson and agent Rich Paul will not be accepting any offer less than the 5-year, $94 million max contract they have repeatedly said they desire. The Cavs have said they’re only willing to pay Thompson a 5-year, $80 million deal. One side will have to give, and while Paul and Thompson are pretty fixed on their price, it seems like the Cavs are not going to change their offer either.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com joined Hoops Rumors to talk about this Tristan Thompson scenario that has been going on for far too long.
“I’m not really sure what the outcome will be, but all I know is Rich Paul is asking for five years and $94 million and the Cavaliers are $14MM short of that figure. That’s Randy Moss-type separation. There’s limited to zero communication [between the two sides] because of that tremendous gap.”
However, the Cavs feel that they have gone above and beyond by offering a backup power forward that averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds a 5-year deal worth $80 million. Heck, Thompson would be making more than Paul Millsap, James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Kyrie Irving is he was offered a max contract, which is just plain absurd at this point.
“If Tristan takes the qualifying offer, according to Paul, his client is gone after the 2015/16 season. And if he takes a hike, the Cavaliers won’t have the resources to replace him, says Haynes. “The Cavaliers believe they’ve presented a more-than-generous offer for a player who figures to be a backup for them. I suspect a long-term deal is reached closer to camp. Paul has shown he’s more than willing to play the waiting game.”
Thompson has until October 1 to accept his qualifying offer. After that, he will no longer have a one year deal option on the table, so everyone can expect the talks between Thompson and the Cavs to gain traction as the deadline approaches.
We’ll keep you updated on this Tristan Thompson contract fiasco.