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Report: Tristan Thompson and Cavaliers reportedly apart in contract talks

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 14: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks at the post game press conference after Game Five of the 2015 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors on June 14, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. 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 Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Yesterday, Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were reportedly nearing a five-year contract worth more than $80 million.

Today, not so much.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

I still think a deal gets done, because Thompson is still represented by LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul. The Cavs won’t want to upset Paul and LeBron, who remains unsigned. This is the leverage LeBron holds.

A restricted free agent, Thompson could always seek an offer sheet. But even in this environment, I don’t think he gets near a max contract somewhere else (though it’s certainly within the realm of possibility). His best move is exploiting the Paul/LeBron relationship while negotiating directly with Cleveland.

As an aside, Draymond Green can thank the leaker of Thompson’s negotiations.

Sam Amick of USA Today: