LeBron James says he’s done discussing Tristan Thompson matter
A reportedly terse LeBron James was short with reporters following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first training camp practice Tuesday after additional inquiries regarding the status of Tristan Thompson were asked of the superstar.
“Play my clips from yesterday, I’ve already addressed it,” James said, via Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Joe Varndon. “I probably won’t address it too much more. Like I said I’m optimistic both sides will get something done and he’ll get here sooner than later.”
In stressing that he’d already addressed it, James echoed and referred to comments made Monday in which he expressed hope the team and Thompson can reach a satisfactory resolution.
“I thought we all saw what he was able to do last year in the postseason, and not only in the postseason but all year around to help us be successful,” he said. “So I’m very optimistic something will get done on both sides long term.”
James in the past has indicated he’s hopeful that Thompson will be with the Cavaliers long-term, saying over the summer that signing the young power forward should be the Cavs’ “No. 1 objective right now.”
Subsequent reports indicated that James won’t base his future in Cleveland on what happens with Thompson, who skipped media day on Monday and was a no-show at Tuesday’s practice.
Thompson and the Cavaliers have been mired in contentious contract negotiations for months now. Rich Paul, Thompson’s agent, said previously that if Thompson ends up signing a $6.9 million qualifying offer — a distinct possibility considering the parties reportedly remained $14 million apart in negotiations last week after Thompson rejected five-year, $80 million deal earlier this summer — the 2015-16 NBA season would be his client’s “last year with Cavs.”
Reports have indicated since then that Thompson may have lowered his contract demands, but nothing has surfaced that indicates that has improved negotiations.