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Report: Tristan Thompson’s agent ‘let it be known’ Cavaliers forward wants max or near-max contract

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 14: LeBron James #23 and Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers speaks to the media after their 104 to 91 loss in overtime the Golden State Warriors during Game Five of the 2015 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 14, 2015 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. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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

He then excelled throughout the Cavaliers run to the NBA Finals.

Where does his stock stand now?

Bob Finnan of The News-Herald:

His agent has let it be known that Thompson wants a max deal, or close to it.

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.