Well, so much for LeBron James no longer getting involved in the contractual stalemate between Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James says he misses Thompson‘s presence on the court—the big fella, who remains a restricted free agent, has so far refused to show up for training camp—and urges both sides to quickly reach an agreement.
LeBron James says he heard there's only two other teams that can pay Tristan Thompson: Portland and Philadelphia. "I like our chances."
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 4, 2015
LeBron says the “distraction” isn’t good for the Cavs’ title chase.
Per the AP:
In his most candid comments yet, James called Thompson’s stalemate with the Cavaliers “a distraction” on Sunday and urged both sides to get a deal done. […] “The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And we have that right now,” James said after practice at the team’s facility in Independence, Ohio. “It’s unfortunate for both sides that we’re going through it right now as a team.”
While at a wedding in Miami, James posed for a photo with Thompson that he posted on social media with the caption, “Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother.”
“I’m not going to go to them and tell them what they should do,” James said. “That’s their job. They know how to do it very well, and they’ve done that to this point. They’ve brought in and did what they had to do for us to be a contending team. Tristan is a big part of that run we want to make. I believe that something will happen.”