HoopsHype Tristan Thompson rumors

October 31, 2014 Updates
October 30, 2014 Updates

As the clock ticks toward Friday’s midnight deadline, there is a sense of optimism the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson will come to an agreement on a contract extension, multiple sources with knowledge of the talks said. If an agreement isn’t reached prior to the deadline, Thompson will become a restricted free agent next summer and the Cavs can match any offer he receives from another team. But it may not get that far. Akron Beacon Journal

October 29, 2014 Updates
October 28, 2014 Updates

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers and Thompson continue to talk. Word is Thompson’s camp is seeking a deal in the $11-$12 million per season range, which is awfully pricey for what Thompson has produced thus far. The fact that Thompson is represented by the same agent as LeBron James surely doesn’t hurt the situation, but sources close to the process say that James’ status isn’t impacting the process. There is a chance that the Cavs and Thompson reach a deal, although sources said both sides seem to be ok if this thing has to get pushed to the summer. This one is 50/50, with it being likely that a deal is reached if the price comes down. Basketball Insiders

The sides both remain hopeful they will get a long-term deal with Thompson worked out this week, sources said. Thompson, a big man who specializes in offensive rebounding, is believed to be looking for something around the $12 million-per-season extensions the Denver Nuggets gave Kenneth Faried this month and the Utah Jazz gave Derrick Favors last October. ESPN.com

October 27, 2014 Updates

After a summer and fall of good feelings, the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing their first bit of tension involving LeBron James because of contract extension talks with teammate Tristan Thompson. The Cavs and Thompson have stalled in negotiations, sources told ESPN.com, with a Friday deadline for extensions approaching. Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and James' agent and business partner Rich Paul, who has worked with Thompson since he was drafted in 2011. ESPN.com

The sides both remain hopeful they will get a long-term deal with Thompson worked out this week, sources said. Thompson, a big man who specializes in offensive rebounding, is believed to be looking for something around the $12 million-per-season extensions the Denver Nuggets gave Kenneth Faried this month and the Utah Jazz gave Derrick Favors last October. ESPN.com

Though it is still unclear just how quickly the salary cap will increase over the next several years, the flood of coming money has emboldened stronger demands from agents, sources said. Also, there is less of a fear of rolling the dice and becoming a restricted free agent after a summer when restricted players Bledsoe, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons all were able to secure wealthy deals. "There will be 8-10 teams with large cap space next summer and the increasing cap will force even the small market teams to spend," one prominent official said. "It is not a bad environment to be a restricted free agent in." "Some of the agents are viewing the new TV deal as a bullet in the gun," said one general manager. "But we all knew the TV deals were coming, it really isn't news. What would be news is if we knew how much and how fast the cap will go up and we don't yet." ESPN.com

October 25, 2014 Updates

The deadline for the Cavaliers and Thompson to agree to a rookie-scale extension is Oct. 31. That's less than a week away and sources close to the situation says, "There has been zero discussion on an extension" between the two sides. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 24, 2014 Updates
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As soon as Tristan Thompson winked at the camera during this interview with Fox Sports Ohio’s Allie Clifton, you know something strange is about to happen. Thompson made a few funny faces, kissed Clifton and then ran away. For The Win

October 17, 2014 Updates
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For his part, Thompson continues to dismiss the contract issue. The acquisition of Kevin Love seemed to force Thompson to the bench, but he has worked as the starting center through the first week of practice and debuted there during the team’s Wine & Gold scrimmage on Wednesday. Now the Cavs open the preseason Sunday night at Quicken Loans Arena against Maccabi Tel Aviv. “I think my concern was how can I help this team be better?” Thompson responded when asked if he feared the Love trade would cost him his starting job and, ultimately, millions of dollars in an extension. “How can I help us take that next step in the right direction and how can I help our team be successful? That’s where my mind is right now and that’s about winning. I think that’s everyone’s mindset coming into this year.” Akron Beacon Journal

October 5, 2014 Updates

There are some intriguing players who will sign extensions or become free agents next summer, such as Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard, Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris, Faried, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson, Miami’s Norris Cole, and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler. The Celtics don’t have to worry about such four-year contract issues. That was the year they acquired JaJuan Johnson on draft night for MarShon Brooks. Johnson never stuck in the NBA and is now playing for Besiktas in the Turkish League. Brooks, meanwhile, has signed with Emporio Armani Milano of the Italian League. Boston Globe

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