Thompson agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with th…

Thompson agreed to a two-year, $19 million deal with the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, league sources tell cleveland.com. The Celtics will sign Thompson using the full mid-level exception — an offer that came in higher than Cleveland’s, sources say.

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The Celtics have long had an affinity for Thompson, even making past trade inquiries, sources say. In Boston, Thompson is expected to split the center minutes with Daniel Theis, who had his contract for the 2020-21 season become fully guaranteed, and 2018 first-round pick Robert Williams III.
Chris Haynes: Free agent center Tristan Thompson has reached an agreement with the Boston Celtics, his agent @Rich Paul of @Klutch Sports tells Yahoo Sports.
The Lakers would love to land Tristan Thompson, an ex-LeBron James teammate in Cleveland who would shore up the front line. The Raptors, who could lose both Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, are expected to pursue the Toronto-born big man. With Andre Drummond opting into the final year of his contract, Thompson’s time with the Cavs could be over.
The Cavs want him back -- at the right price. But according to sources, early discussions have centered on a number lower than Thompson would want. That may be his reality this offseason. Money or contender? It’s tough to see a scenario where Thompson gets both because Miami is the lone playoff team with cap space and over-the-cap organizations are expected to be judicious with their mid-level exceptions. So, what’s the right price?
The Cavs must determine where negotiations stand with unrestricted free agent Tristan Thompson. The Cavs want him back -- at the right price. But according to sources, early discussions have centered on a number lower than Thompson would want. That may be his reality this offseason. Money or contender? It’s tough to see a scenario where Thompson gets both because Miami is the lone playoff team with cap space and over-the-cap organizations are expected to be judicious with their mid-level exceptions.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are rumored to have made an offer to free agent Tristan Thompson, but the organization didn’t meet 2016 champion’s price. The number was just below what Thompson was looking for, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The longtime basketball scribe appeared on WKNR’s Really Big Show Oct. 29 (subscription). He didn’t give a number and was hesitant to call this “news,” because players aren’t aloud to sign right now, so he went politician with his words. “I am confident that Tristan Thompson has the framework that he can return to the Cavs, but as of right now, that framework isn’t at the level of compensation that he wants it.”
“I think it’s fair to say there’s mutual interest for sure," general manager Koby Altman said about the possibility of re-signing Thompson. “He’s been with this franchise his entire career since we drafted him. He’s won a championship here. Obviously, he means a lot to the players on the team right now, but it has to make sense. There are some events coming up -- the draft, free agency -- where we have to see if it makes sense for him. He’s earned the right to be an unrestricted free agent and explore opportunities at this point in his career. So, we’ll see.”
Members of the organization and Thompson, an unrestricted free agent, have stayed in contact throughout the offseason. One source classified a reunion as "50-50,” especially with the leaguewide salary cap uncertainty. Beyond that, the Cavs aren’t going to discuss negotiations publicly.
The team source said that there’s “a lot of mutual interest” between Cleveland and Thompson. In a sense, who the team drafts could play a significant role in that free-agency decision. Would it make sense for Thompson to return if Onyeka Okongwu is the selection at five? Though unlikely, if James Wiseman were to surprisingly slide to the Cavaliers and they nabbed him, re-signing Thompson may no longer be a priority.
Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova, who are free agents, Andre Drummond, who has a player option, and Cedi Osman, who’s still overseas, will not be in attendance. Four G-Leaguers from the Canton Charge – along with their coach Nate Reinking – will play in the Bubble: Matt Mooney, Marques Bolden, Levi Randolph and two-way player, Dean Wade. Everyone but Randolph spent time with the parent club last year.
Over the last few months, the Cavs odds of keeping Thompson have increased -- even if slightly. They also own his Bird rights, allowing them to pay a tick more than the mid-level while also staying out of the tax. That would seem to satisfy both sides. “I believe there’s a chance of him re-signing in free agency,” a league source close to Thompson said. “He hasn’t necessarily played his final game there.”
Another source said a Thompson return is “50-50,” that there’s mutual interest in a deal. The Cavs recognize his value, both on and off the floor. They were impressed with his attitude, especially following Drummond’s arrival that booted Thompson out of the starting lineup. They’ve heard the calls from Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and other teammates about bringing Thompson back.
With Drummond making his commitment public, the Cavs can proceed with other offseason plans. Sources say Drummond’s decision doesn’t guarantee Tristan Thompson’s departure. Thompson, an unrestricted free agent this summer, will weigh all of his options. But the fallout from COVID-19 -- and the anticipated drop in in the salary cap -- has caused plenty of uncertainty, especially for free agents.
“He's just so valuable for this team and this organization. I really hope that he's back.” Love isn’t the only one. Multiple sources tell cleveland.com the Cavs want Thompson to stay. The front office discussed an extension with his camp earlier this season. While those talks quickly broke down and the Cavs eventually traded for two-time All-Star center Andre Drummond, the Cavs plan to at least try to re-sign Thompson this offseason -- even if it’s a one-year, mutually-beneficial deal that allows him to hit free agency in the summer of 2021, where more teams will have cap space and the impact of COVID-19 may soften.
The aftermath of the pandemic not only remains the variable that nobody can truly gauge, but it may actually play in the Cavs’ favor. “I believe there’s a chance of him re-signing in free agency,” a league source close to Thompson said. “He hasn’t necessarily played his final game there.”
After all, given what he’s already accomplished during his career and how he played in 57 games this season, would coming off the bench and possibly playing fewer minutes than usual really be that appealing? The draft, which is scheduled for Oct. 15, three days before free agency, could add another wrinkle to this, especially if the Cavs take Memphis big man James Wiseman or USC’s Onyeka Okongwu. “It’s 50-50,” a source said when asked about the chances of Thompson returning to Cleveland.
“When I texted somebody and said, ‘Does this mean Tristan has played his final game with the Cavs?’ I got back, ‘Not necessarily.’ And I believe there’s a chance he comes back.”
At that time, March 8, the 7:29 mark of the second quarter, few gave the moment any real thought. Why would they? Thompson suffered an eye abrasion, which would heal in a couple of days. He’d be back in the lineup in the near future. With 18 games left, there was plenty of time for the Cavs to play spoiler and, more importantly, let Thompson soak up what could be his last moments in Cleveland -- even if subconsciously. Now, with the league debating whether to restart the season or end it early, it’s fair to wonder: Was that the last time Thompson walks off the floor as a Cavalier?
For all those reasons, combined with midseason extension talks that went nowhere, the most likely scenario is Thompson leaving. “No one is thinking about free agency, they’re thinking about how we’re going to get some games going,” Thompson said. “In terms of free agency stuff, I let Rich Paul handle that. He’s the best in the game. Keep the main focus the main focus and that’s staying ready to play some basketball, whenever that may be. In terms of free agency and whether guys are going to take one-year deals, the cap situation, guys are going to do what’s best for them and their family. My approach right now is just enjoy family time and stay basketball ready.”
Thompson is nearing the end of his five-year, $82 million deal, and can become a free agent after this season — if there is any more to this season to be played. In terms of his future on the court, he hasn’t thought that far ahead while spending time with his family and kids. “No, it hasn’t crossed my mind at all,” Thompson said. “They told us the season is postponed until further notice. My whole focus was just, how can I make sure my mom, brother and my family and everyone’s going to be safe during this time? That’s the scariest part.”
The Cavs like Thompson. They were discussing a contract extension earlier this season. They recognize the unquantifiable value. Since trading for Drummond, forcing Thompson into a changed role, he never complained. Thompson even welcomed the newbie into his post-practice shooting group while spending time with him off the floor. The Cavs couldn’t ask for a better pro as they hope to fix their cracked culture. So, yes, they would want Thompson back on a team-friendly deal -- even if Drummond opts in. But there are a few more layers here.
The Cavs like Thompson. They were discussing a contract extension earlier this season. They recognize the unquantifiable value. Since trading for Drummond, forcing Thompson into a changed role, he never complained. Thompson even welcomed the newbie into his post-practice shooting group while spending time with him off the floor. The Cavs couldn’t ask for a better pro as they hope to fix their cracked culture. So, yes, they would want Thompson back on a team-friendly deal -- even if Drummond opts in. But there are a few more layers here.
Chris Fedor: The information that I was getting at the time ofthe trade deadline is the minute the Cavs traded for Andre Drummond, the likelihood of anything happening with Tristan Thompson was very, very small in terms of re-signing him. And I think if the Cavs would have been more comfortable with where the contract extension negotiations with Tristan were, and if they would have been more comfortable with the chances of bringing him back this upcoming offseason... I mean, they probably still make the trade for Andre Drummond. But I don't know if they would have been hunting rim protectors the way that they were.
Cleveland, sources say, still has an interest in re-signing him, but is hesitant to give him a second massive deal in the range of his first one that paid him $82 million over five years. This is the last year of that pact. Thompson’s camp wants him traded -- in part because the team that adds him also gets “Bird” rights, which could lead to a more lucrative contract this summer. The team with his Bird rights can go over the cap to re-sign him, so a trade now doesn’t have to be a rental.
Thompson was hesitant to talk about this summer at Monday morning’s shootaround, saying: “I’m just thinking about tonight, playing against the Raptors at home at 7:30 at Scotiabank Arena. So that’s where my mindset is at. I’m happy Nick Nurse is the coach.” But it’s unlikely Thompson or Miami Heat centre Kelly Olynyk — who could opt out of his current deal and so would also be without a contract — will play in the June 23-28 tournament.
Thompson is the piece the Cavs would most want to retain beyond this season. The organization loves him. Sources say they would be interested in making him part of this growing core. Thompson's a great leader and role model for the young guys, someone who embodies what it means to be a Cavalier. Both Kevin Porter Jr. and Darius Garland have said they have no clue where the team would be in the first month-plus without Thompson and Kevin Love.
According to sources, there haven’t been any real conversations between Cleveland’s front office and Thompson’s camp about a contract extension -- the other option in this debate. The current belief is Thompson's camp wouldn't want to commit right now, months from Thompson hitting free agency. You can understand why, especially given how he's playing. That shouldn't be taken as a sign that the Cavs -- nor Thompson -- are actually interested in continuing this partnership that began in 2011, making him and assistant general manager Mike Gansey the longest-tenured Cavs.
Is Thompson worth the money? He's worth whatever his agents could negotiate. "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."
"If you asked if I would do it again, I'll tell you I would do it again in a heartbeat," Thompson told NEOMG. "Business is business and I believed in my guys Rich and Mark and myself and that's what I did."
League sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group that the two sides agreed Wednesday to a five-year, $82 million pact, ending a lengthy stalemate that should ensure Thompson's presence in Northeast Ohio through the deals already in place with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving and, most likely, LeBron James.
Jeff Zillgitt: Cavs forward Tristan Thompson will make $14.2 million this season, I was told, as part of his five-year, $82M deal: usat.ly/1OJATg6
Cleveland's offer is still in the ballpark of five years for $80 million, give or take. The Cavs did not withdraw the offer once the qualifying-offer deadline passed. Paul is adamant his client is worth a max contract, rather it be over five or three years.
It's the two-week mark of the Tristan Thompson holdout, which means it's time to give an update on the proceedings. There's no communication ongoing between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson's agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.
What are Tristan Thompson’s options at this point? What do you see as the likely conclusion? Larry Coon: One assumption I think we’re safe making is that if there was a big offer sheet waiting for him, he would have signed it by now. The Cavs were under no obligation to leave their $80 million offer on the table, and from what I heard, pulled it as soon as Thompson’s qualifying offer expired. I heard it was Mark Termini doing the actual negotiating, and he has a reputation for taking a really hard stance in negotiations, but I think he seriously miscalculated this one. Maybe he was thinking LeBron would be more of an influence on the team.
Tristan Thompson remains a hold out as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a stalemate with his restricted free agency. Thompson decided not to sign the Cavaliers' qualifying offer and he's been unable to agree upon terms on a multi-year deal. "I think it will take a third party event to bridge the gap here," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast. "I actually believe it will probably go months," said Windhorst. "This will go well into the regular season."
Nathen Vieira: He's back on the team site too pic.twitter.com/pOT23Jo46T
LeBron James said friend and teammate Tristan Thompson's contract holdout is a "distraction" and he's calling for it all to end, but the Cavaliers' superstar also insisted he wasn't trying to apply pressure to the front office to accept Thompson's demands. "That is not what I'm saying. Like I said, I believe both sides will get something done. Throughout the negotiation process, it's always both sides. It's not just one sided," James said Sunday after Cavs' practice, the seventh Thompson has missed this season. "
James' Instagram post – from the wedding of Majestic Steel president Todd Leebow – was perceived as his first formal application of pressure for the Cavs' to accept Thompson's terms. Thompson's been seeking a maximum salary (an average of about $17.5 million per season) over five years or three. James, though, was steadfast in that he remains neutral in the negotiation, and team sources say James hasn't pushed the issue internally.
If you are not going to be present for training camp, you are not going to be weighing on our minds. “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."
The Cavs spent Friday removing Thompson’s likeness from any signage that adorns Quicken Loans Arena, as captured in a tweet by Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Chris Haynes. Chris Haynes: An elevator at The Q is getting a facelift today... pic.twitter.com/naNoWilFjl
General Manager David Griffin said on Thursday that he expected Thompson to show up 'in some form or fashion' today. Thompson has now missed the first four days of training camp due to this elongated stalemate. His only options from here are to work out a deal with the Cavaliers or getting the Portland Trail Blazers to extend an offer sheet, in which Cleveland can match. There's also the possibility of Thompson extending this holdout.
Cavs general manager David Griffin said he expects Tristan Thompson to be on the practice floor Friday, although he declined to speculate under what type of contract. Thompson is facing an 11:59 p.m. deadline Thursday night to accept the Cavs’ qualifying offer worth about $7 million or reject it and continue negotiations, at which point he would be considered a holdout. The team had the right to extend the Oct. 1 deadline for Thompson to sign the qualifying offer, but declined to do so. “We fully expect (Friday) he’ll be here in some form or fashion and we’re excited to get going,” Griffin told NBA TV during a live broadcast of Thursday’s Cavs practice. “We’re hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement we will.”
The two sides remain apart on a long-term deal. If Thompson accepts the qualifying offer, he will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The clock is ticking for restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and his camp. The offensive rebounding machine has a deadline of Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to accept the one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer. The Cavaliers can extend the deadline on their own accord, but that's not happening. It's not in their benefit to do so.
Cavs coach David Blatt said Thompson's missing practice wasn't "too, too much (of a concern) right now," and "obviously we hope to see him as soon as possible. "But as I know Tristan, he's maintaining great condition and he will hopefully be with us as soon as possible," Blatt said. "For a coach it's every day (wanting Thompson back). I'd rather not think about the bad end of the expectation. I'm just hoping to see him here sooner than later."
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