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Cavaliers GM David Griffin says he still expects to re-sign Tristan Thompson, but maybe not soon

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers goes up for the shot against the Golden State Warriors at the Quicken Loans Arena During Game Six of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland,Ohio NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were reportedly close to a contract extension.

Then, they were reportedly apart in negotiations.

What now?

Cleveland general manager David Griffin, via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Thompson still holds the major leverage he did before – sharing an agent, Rich Paul, with LeBron James. LeBron re-signing doesn’t change the Cavaliers’ willingness and need to appease him.

Remember, LeBron can become a free agent again next summer. But, really, even that doesn’t matter. The Cavaliers would still kowtow to LeBron if he were on a 50-year contract, because that’s how this work.

Thompson and Paul surely know that, which is why they’ll wait until Cleveland comes correct with a max or near-max offer.