Cleveland Cavaliers free agent, Tristan Thompson, reportedly lowered his bargain deal with the team. The power forward had demanded a $94 million contract for five years initially, but now has come down to $53 million for three years.
The Cavaliers have not replied to Tristan’s new proposal yet. ESPN earlier revealed that the two camps have already inked a deal, however, the Cavs General Manager David Griffin said in a recent ESPN interview that no deal has been made between the player and the team as of yet, and termed the information as a rumour.
The site added that if a long term contract is not signed by the end of the week, the player would sign a 1-year contract of $6.9 million with Cleveland and stay an unrestricted free agent by the end of the year without extending his term with the Cavaliers, as per Bleacher Report.
The 24-year power forward would be an integral component to the squad, especially since he was an integral part in helping the Cavs reach the NBA Finals last season. He has averaged 10.1 points and 8.4 rebounds throughout his NBA career whereas in the playoffs of last season he had excelled with the average of 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds.
Many other experts believe that this is the last opportunity for Clevleand to retain Tristan following his interest to move to Toronto if the Cavs sign a one-year deal by the end of the week.
One GM earlier told Sheridan Hoops, as quoted by Bleacher Report, that Tristan looked good with the Raptors.
“I always thought he was going to end up (in Toronto) this year,” the anonymous GM said. “There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he will get it.”
Will Thompson stay with the Cavaliers? We will soon find out.