It took until nearly the start of the season, but Tristan Thompson finally got his deal. His holdout with the Cavaliers stretched all offseason and well into training camp, before he finally agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract on Wednesday. In the meantime, there was widespread debate about whether he was worth that money, whether he was being greedy, whether he’d get that kind of money if he didn’t have the same agent as LeBron James. For his part, Thompson regrets nothing.
From the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Chris Haynes:
“I think for me, the fans and everyone understand everything is about business,” Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group in an exclusive interview. “Basketball is definitely basketball and that’s what we love to play, but in the NBA, there’s a business side of it. It’s a very serious matter and it’s important. It’s important to me, it’s important to my family. The way we approached it, I think it was excellent.”
This is the same approach Rich Paul took with Eric Bledsoe last summer, and it ended up in a five-year, $70 million deal. Thompson’s deal was a little more of a compromise — it’s well below the max, but it’s slightly higher than the $80 million the Cavs had originally offered him. But it got done in time for the season to start, which is going to be a major help for an extremely banged-up Cavs team.