The Cavs have a difficult decision to make about Tristan Thompson’s future in Cleveland. The deadline to extend Thompson’s contract is less than a week away, but according to a source quoted by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the two sides have had “zero discussion on an extension.”
If a deal isn’t reached by October 31, Thompson will become a restricted free agent next summer, when he’ll likely be more expensive to re-sign.
The deadline for the Cavaliers and Thompson to agree to a rookie-scale extension is Friday. That’s less than a week away and a source close to the situation says, “There has been zero discussion on an extension” between the two sides.
It’s no secret Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, also represents the one guy responsible for the bright lights returning to Quicken Loans Arena with the Cavaliers boasting a league-high 29 national televised games.
If a deal is not reached by the deadline, Thompson will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015. Cleveland would then retain the right to match an offer sheet to Thompson, and the Cavs could also attempt to sign him themselves at that time.
However, with a big increase in the salary cap coming for next year, it is unlikely that the value of the double-double-producing power forward will decrease.
If he does hit restricted free agency, competitors will surely attempt to snatch Thompson away from this title-contending Cavaliers team. Allowing it to go this far is dicey business.