Report: Cavaliers already increased Tristan Thompson’s offer

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Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were reportedly close to a five-year, $80 million contract on the first day of free agency.

Thompson remains unsigned, and Cleveland is reportedly holding firm on that five-year, $80 million offer.

Will the Cavs compromise toward the $94,343,125 max contract Thompson desires?

They might say they already have.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

The team, meanwhile, has offered a five-year, $80 million contract and has already come up from its original offer to reach that number, according to a source.

This seems like the Cavaliers combatting the perception that they’re being too stubborn.

They’re being reasonable. Thompson is demanding too much. At least that’s what Cleveland seemingly wants to convey.

But this also shows the Cavaliers are willing to adjust their offer. That might partially explain why Thompson continues to wait.

Will they increase their offer again before the Oct. 1 deadline for Thompson to accept his qualifying offer? That very well could determine whether or not he takes the one-year tender.