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LeBron James: No reason Tristan Thompson shouldn’t spend rest of career with Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Two

during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 22, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.

Kevin C. Cox

Tristan Thompson reportedly rejected a four-year, $52 million contract extension with the Cavaliers before the season.


Thompson holds plenty of implied leverage thanks to sharing an agent with LeBron James. Considering Cleveland wants to keep LeBron happy and LeBron considers Rich Paul’s clients to be family, the Cavs are stuck.

LeBron is even upping he pressure.

LeBron, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career,” James said a day after Thompson had a game-saving block in regulation followed by a game-clinching offensive rebound and kickout to James for 3 in Cleveland’s 114-111 overtime win against Atlanta in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. “There’s no reason why he shouldn’t.”

Teammates vouch for teammates all the time. Under most circumstances, that’s all this would be.

But this reads more like a threat.

Enjoy your max contract, Tristan.