Toronto Raptors Rumors
To get to the MAX level money Thompson’s camp is said to be seeking, the Raptors have to pass on retaining DeMar DeRozan and renounce his rights to clear his $15 million cap hold. The Raptors would also have to not extend Terrence Ross now, which opens up a bidding situation to retain him next summer. And they likely have to decline the options on their two promising Brazilians. All of that could get them within the margin of error on a starting salary in the $16 to $18 million range.
It’s not impossible to think the Raptors would make those kinds of sacrifices, especially if Thompson continues his upward trend. But it is somewhat off base for anyone to believe that the Raptors have the cash to add Thompson. Raptors President Masai Ujiri has been pretty adept at finding creative ways to land players he covets, but it’s not a home run that Thompson can just walk to Toronto without the Raptors having to make some hard cap decisions, even with the salary cap expected to balloon to roughly $90 million next season.
Apparently, $94,343,125 – a max contract – and not a penny less. Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report: A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal. And otherwise, he is prepared to sign a one-year qualifying offer with the additional knowledge, according to the source, that Paul believes that he can get a max deal with the Raptors next summer.
There are rumblings that agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team in the near future. Several league executives believe Canadian Tristan Thompson may head north to Toronto in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I always thought he was going to end up (in Toronto) this year,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he will get it.”