Tristan Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million deal to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers last night, ending a long contract saga this summer. Around the League, reactions were mixed—ranging from surprise to relief. Even NBA players themselves reacted, like Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, who tweeted the following:
How much??? 😳
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) October 21, 2015
Okay, so we don’t technically know if DMC’s tweet was about TT’s new deal. But it’s pretty safe to say that’s what he was referring to.
Boogie signed a four-year deal worth more than $62 million in 2013, which means that Thompson will make about as much as Cousins until that deal is up. Which is, obviously, crazy. Of course, given the NBA salary cap movements of late, it’s not shocking. DMC will eventually get max money, you’d have to assume.