LeBron James sent out the invitation — and from LeBron it is more of a summons. He wanted his Cavaliers teammates to come down to Miami and work out together and bond for a few days, starting on Friday. He wanted to set the tone for the season. And the Cavaliers players have come…
Except Tristan Thompson.
The big man in the midst of a contract dispute with the Cavaliers — he wants a max extension, they have offered five years, $80 million — is not taking his talents to South Beach, reports Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.
Restricted free agent Tristan Thompson will not attend the assembly, Northeast Ohio Media Group was informed. With the 24-year-old in the midst of a lengthy contract stalemate with the club, he has elected not to appear….
NEOMG is told that Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Joe Harris, Mo Williams, James Jones, Richard Jefferson and Sasha Kaun are expected to be on the scene in Miami.
LeBron and Thompson share an agent and LeBron has said he wants to see Thompson signed long term — but he’s made it clear by his actions he’s not going to jeopardize a run at a ring over it. LeBron wants to win, and if Thompson isn’t going to be on the inside, he will be on the outside.
In the end, if the two sides reach a deal by Oct. 31, none of this matters. If they don’t, Thompson still comes back for one more season with the Cavaliers at the qualifying offer and bet on himself that other teams will offer a max contract next summer.