The update on Tristan Thompson‘s holdout from the Cleveland Cavaliers is that there is no update.
He remains without a contract after not agreeing to terms on an extension of his rookie deal — the Cavaliers reportedly offered five-years, $80 million, but Thompson and his agent Rich Paul wanted a max offer of $94 million. Thompson did not sign the qualifying offer, and without that leverage the Cavaliers reportedly pulled the $80 million offer.
The two sides are not even talking, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
There’s no communication ongoing between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson’s agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency from either side in reaching an agreement. And that means Thompson’s stalemate will continue to hover over the organization like a black cloud, a cloud LeBron James considers “a distraction.”
The Cavaliers have no reason to break this stalemate in the short term. If the Cavaliers get off to a fast start this season without him (and without Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, who are still recovering from surgeries), the Cavaliers would have zero motivation to up their offer.
The situation is likely to change only if owner Dan Gilbert or star LeBron James put themselves into the discussion. LeBron and Thompson are close and share an agent, and LeBron wants to see a deal get done. The Cavaliers are rightfully not worried LeBron would leave the team because of this (he can be a free agent next summer). However, LeBron has leverage in the organization and is on a quest for a title. Thompson is the Cavs best offensive rebounder and a good defender along the front line, they could use his energy off the bench.
But they will have to do without for a while. Maybe a long while the way this stalemate is going.