Report: Tristan Thompson’s agent ‘let it be known’ Cavaliers forward wants max or near-max contract
Where does his stock stand now?
You might remember Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, from such people as LeBron James’ agent.
LeBron wields tremendous power in Cleveland. That’s why J.R. Smith opting out is a relatively safe move. LeBron likes Smith, and I bet the Cavaliers would pay extra to keep a teammate LeBron likes.
That’s even more overt with Thompson, whom LeBron said should spend the rest of his career in Cleveland. I can’t read that statement any other way than LeBron knowing he has the power and using it.
Considering the circumstances, it’s generous Thompson would even consider accepting less than the max.