Tristan Thompson not expected at Cavs media day

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Today: Cavaliers media day.

Tomorrow: Cavaliers first practice.

Thursday: Deadline for Tristan Thompson to accept his qualifying offer.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Thompson will almost certainly make a decision by Thursday. If he lets his qualifying offer expire, he’d remain a restricted free agent – but without his biggest leverage. The Cavaliers could extend his window to accept the qualifying offer, but why would they?

The Cavaliers are reportedly offering Thompson five years, $80 million (an increase on their initial offer, which must have come the first day of free agency). Thompson wants a five-year max contract, but he’ll settle for a three-year max contract.

Maybe one side will blink, but Thompson’s teammates – especially LeBron James, who shares agent Rich Paul – will have to answer about the situation first. Meanwhile, Thompson will stay home.