If it were up to LeBron James, Tristan Thompson should, and “will”, re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. King James thinks the center will be crucial to the team’s success in the coming 2015-16 NBA season.
Thompson is a restricted free agent this season. And while several teams have showed interest in the player, the 24-year-old is expected to return to Cleveland for anther championship bid.
On the first day of free agency signing, it was reported that the Cavs and the 6’9 center were nearing a deal worth $80 million for five years. Marc Sten of ESPN has also confirmed the report on Twitter. However, talks have died down and no word since has been said about the negotiations.
ESPN sources tell @WindhorstESPN & I that Cavs and Tristan Thompson are nearing agreement on deal that will pay the RFA in excess of $80 mil
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2015
SB Nation reports that the Portland Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers have enough cap space to sign Thompson which could force the Cavs to match the offer and finally seal a deal with the player.
“Thompson has the option of signing the one-year qualifying worth $6.78 so he could become an unrestricted free agent next summer when the cap jumps, but it’s hard to see Cleveland letting the situation get to that point and he may not want to take that risk anyway,” SB Nation noted.
While both camps have stayed mum, Cleveland superstar LeBron James thinks the Cavs won’t let their first round pick in 2011 leave the team. Especially after an impressive performance last season.
When asked by a fan if he thinks Tristan will re-sign, LBJ replied on Twitter, “Yeah of course he will. Means way too much to our team success!”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 28, 2015
Thompson had an impressive run during the regular season with the Cavs, but it was his post season performance that made him an important part in the team’s successful Eastern Conference run and a stint in the NBA Finals. He scored an average of 9.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 20 post season games.