AFTER a strong showing in the recent NBA Finals, Tristan Thompson was expected to be one of the priority players to be locked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason.
After a month-long negotiation, both sides have so far failed to reach an agreement for a long-term contract and the Cavs are expected to offer the 6-9 forward a one-year qualifying offer, according to sources.
"If [Thompson] is on the qualifying offer, [this] will be his last year with the Cavs," Thompson’s agent Rich Paul told ESPN and other media outlets. Paul is also the agent of NBA superstar LeBron James.
The Cavs announced they had extended a qualifying offer to the 24-year old big man on June 30, which means they have the rights to match any offer sheet he will receive in restricted free agency.
A tweet from Chris Haynes of Northeast Ohio Media Group said "Tristan Thompson signing QO w/ Cavs hasn't been decided yet, I'm told. But if he signs it, told it would be last season he plays as a Cav."
A month ago, ESPN.com reported Cleveland was closing in on a five-year deal worth in excess of $80 million for Thompson. But since then, talks had reached an impasse.
Its widely believe that James also decided to sign a short-term deal in efforts to sign Thompson to a max contract in order to keep him with the Cavs.
Last season, Thompson posted regular season averages of 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while playing 26.8 minutes per game. In the playoffs, the rugged forward was one of the few bright spots behind LeBron, and increased his numbers to 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game.