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Is Tristan Thompson Worth More Than 5-Year, $80 Million?

The Cleveland Cavaliers opened up free agency in early July by offering power forward Tristan Thompson a 5 year, $80-82 million dollar contract. For months he decided not to settle for the Cavs 5-year, $80 million contract instead demanding a 5-year $94 million max contract. He even let his qualifying offer pass by, showing the Cavs that he wanted to come to an agreement and get back to the court. Thompson sat at home and worked out by himself for weeks, even missing all of the Cavs training camp and preseason until finally, Thompson signed a 5-year, $82 million deal to keep him in Cleveland.

Thompson is a client of the agency Klutch Sports and is represented by Rich Paul. Paul just so happens to be LeBron James’ agent. LeBron considers Tristan to be his little brother, and the plan for Thompson to get be a member of the Cavs for a long time came true on Thursday.

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James signed a two-year deal with the Cavs early on. With James essentially being a no-brainer to return, the ultimate question in basketball is whether Thompson is deserving of the money he’s requesting. Here are three reasons why he is worth it.

Click “Next” to see the first reason why Tristan Thompson is worth the money.

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