Report: Tristan Thompson’s agent ‘let it be known’ Cavaliers forward wants max or near-max contract

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Tristan Thompson reportedly rejected a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Cavaliers before the season.

He then excelled throughout the Cavaliers run to the NBA Finals.

Where does his stock stand now?

Bob Finnan of The News-Herald:

His agent has let it be known that Thompson wants a max deal, or close to it.

You might remember Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, from such people as LeBron James’ agent.

LeBron wields tremendous power in Cleveland. That’s why J.R. Smith opting out is a relatively safe move. LeBron likes Smith, and I bet the Cavaliers would pay extra to keep a teammate LeBron likes.

That’s even more overt with Thompson, whom LeBron said should spend the rest of his career in Cleveland. I can’t read that statement any other way than LeBron knowing he has the power and using it.

Considering the circumstances, it’s generous Thompson would even consider accepting less than the max.