A week into training camp, the Cavaliers have seen no sign of Tristan Thompson. His qualifying offer expired on Thursday night, and he’s still without a deal, which means he has yet to report to training camp. One person who isn’t concerned: Cavs head coach David Blatt, who says he’s focused on the players who are there.
“Right now, my thoughts are just about the guys that are here and how hard and how well they are working and no specific expectation otherwise,” said Cavs coach David Blatt when asked for his reaction to Thompson letting the Cavs’ one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer for this season expire at 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday without accepting it. “Just happy to see our guys working as well as they are.”
Blatt punctuated his indifference towards the free agent big man by revealing he didn’t even bother to stay up late Thursday night to find out Thompson’s decision.
“I was liking the dream I was having,” Blatt said with a wry smile. “Usually I don’t go to sleep that early, but last night I was tired. We’re just back at it. We’ve got to focus on the now and here and that’s what we’re doing.”
McMenamin also writes that the Cavs have removed all Thompson merchandise from their online store and have taken down all displays of him at Quicken Loans Arena. At some point, that stuff is going to go back up, but not until he has a new deal, and who knows how long that will take? He’s already taken it this far in his holdout, and there’s no reason to think he’ll sign now unless the Cavs give him the five-year max deal he’s reported to want.