Tristan Thompson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Tristan Thompson named the Cleveland Cavaliers' starting center moving forward

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will take over the starting center position from here on out, and Timofey Mozgov will be relegated to a reserve role. "I just wanted to," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of his decision before Monday night's game against Atlanta. It's safe to say..." April 11

  • DeMarcus Cousins cannot believe how much money Tristan Thompson got

    Larry Brown Sports "After a lengthy holdout, Tristan Thompson finally agreed to a new contract with the Cavaliers which will pay him a lot of money. Thompson originally turned down a proposed 4-year, $48 million extension. The decision worked out in Thompson’s favor as he was able to secure an extra year and..." October 22

  • Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers agree to $82 million deal

    SB Nation "Tristan Thompson's holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers is finally over. The power forward has agreed to a five-year, $82 million contract, according to Chris Haynes of The deal ends an impasse between Thompson and the Cavs that had spanned the entire offseason and cut well into the..." October 22

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Cavs agree to five-year, $82 million fully guaranteed deal with free agent Tristan Thompson, agent Rich Paul tells Yahoo. @ChrisBHaynes 1st

  • Cavaliers didn’t pull Tristan Thompson’s five-year, $80 million offer

    NBC Sports "The Cavaliers reportedly pulled their five-year, $80 million offer to Tristan Thompson once he let the qualifying offer expire. Or not. Chris Haynes of Cleveland’s offer is still in the ballpark of five years for $80 million, give or take. The Cavs did not withdraw the..." October 19

  • LBJ in 'constant contact' with holdout Thompson

    CBS Sports "With the regular season starting beginning in just ten days, it is beginning to look like Tristan Thompson's holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers could potentially last for a very long time. According to Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavs and Thompson's agent, Rich Paul, have..." October 17

  • It may be time for Dan Gilbert to step in and help end the Tristan Thompson holdout

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's the two-week mark of the Tristan Thompson holdout, which means it's time to give an update on the proceedings. There's no communication ongoing between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson's agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned. In fact, there..." October 17

  • Cavaliers pull five-year, $80 million offer to Tristan Thompson

    NBC News "The Cavaliers reportedly offered Tristan Thompson a five-year, $80 million contract. He reportedly wants the max, worth more than $94 million over five years. But when he let his qualifying offer expire… Larry Coon of Basketball Insiders: The Cavs were under no obligation to leave..." October 16

  • Windhorst: Tristan Thompson Holdout Likely To 'Go Well Into Regular Season'

    Real GM Basketball "Tristan Thompson remains a hold out as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a stalemate with his restricted free agency. Thompson decided not to sign the Cavaliers' qualifying offer and he's been unable to agree upon terms on a multi-year deal. "I think it will take a third party event to..." October 08

  • LeBron insists social media message wasn't directed toward only Cavs, urges both sides to strike deal

    Akron Beacon Journal "LeBron James is on a tightrope right now, and he’s doing his best not to lean too far to one side or the other. James is urging both sides in this Tristan Thompson stalemate to strike a deal, while simultaneously insisting he isn’t discussing the matter with Thompson and he isn’t meddling in..." October 05

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    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    LeBron James on TT's absence: "The last thing you need is a distraction when you’re trying to make a championship run and we have that.”

  • LeBron James sends message to Cavs in photo with Tristan Thompson

    CBS Sports "LeBron James has been curiously quiet during Tristan Thompson's prolonged holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. James said publicly during the Finals that Thompson should be a Cavalier "his whole career." Thompson's agent is of course Rich Paul, James' agent. James and Thompson have been close..." October 04

  • LeBron: Tristan Thompson holdout a 'distraction,' value to Cavs 'extreme'

    CBS Sports "Finally weighing in on Tristan Thompson's holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James recently took to Instagram to express his stance on the whole situation. Speaking with reporters today, James called Thompson's holdout a distraction and believes that "both sides" need to come to an..." October 04

  • Tristan Thompson’s qualifying offer expires, still no deal with Cavs

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’re all going to have to wait a little longer for the standoff between the Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson to be resolved. His $6.7 million qualifying offer went unsigned as it expired at 11:59pm on Thursday, according to’s Dave McMenamin. The qualifying offer expiring means there’s..." October 02

  • Cavs GM David Griffin expects Tristan Thompson to be in camp Friday

    Akron Beacon Journal "Cavs general manager David Griffin said he expects Tristan Thompson to be on the practice floor Friday, although he declined to speculate under what type of contract. Thompson is facing an 11:59 p.m. deadline Thursday night to accept the Cavs’ qualifying offer worth about $7 million or reject..." October 01

  • Tristan Thompson has a decision to make with qualifying offer deadline looming

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The clock is ticking for restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and his camp. The offensive rebounding machine has a deadline of Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to accept the one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer. The Cavaliers can extend the deadline on their own accord, but that's not..." October 01

  • LeBron James: Done speaking about Tristan Thompson's contract talks

    ESPN "Anyone waiting for LeBron James to publicly pressure the Cleveland Cavaliers into re-signing Tristan Thompson and meet the big man's salary demands might not want to hold their breath. James said Tuesday that he is finished speaking about the ongoing negotiations between his teammate and the..." September 29

  • Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers fail to reach agreement on contract

    ESPN "The Cleveland Cavaliers and restricted free agent Tristan Thompson failed to come to a contract agreement and he is expected to miss the team's media day Monday, sources told The Cavs did not accept Thompson's most recent offer of a three-year maximum contract that his side put on the..." September 28

  • Tristan Thompson will not be at Cavs Media Day

    CBS Sports "The restricted free agency saga of Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers continues. The two sides have reportedly been roughly $14 million apart on contract figures for some time, and even the most recently reported prospect of Thompson being willing to settle for a three-year, $53 million..." September 28

  • Chris Broussard Reports Tristan Thompson Signs With Cavs, Local Reporter Disagrees

    Complex "Chris Broussard must've felt he had a damn big scoop, because he went with ALL-CAPS to let his 1.05+ million followers know the Cavs had finally agreed to a deal with Tristan Thompson. It seemed a bit odd that Thompson and the Cavs would come to terms on that deal, since Thompson initially..." September 25

  • Tristan Thompson to Sign 3-Year, $53 Million Deal With Cavaliers

    SLAM Online "The Tristan Thompson contract saga with the Cavaliers is reportedly over. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Thompson is set to sign a three-year deal worth more than $50 million. The report. " September 24

  • Gap of $14 million in Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers contract negotiation

    ESPN "With a week to go until the start of training camp, there remains a $14 million gap in contract talks between restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources told The Cavs have held firm at an offer of five years and $80 million with Thompson looking for a..." September 21

  • Tristan Thompson will not attend LeBron James' pre-training camp in Miami

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers' pre-training camp organized by LeBron James in Miami will be absent of a core piece. Restricted free agent Tristan Thompson will not attend the assembly, Northeast Ohio Media Group was informed. With the 24-year-old in the midst of a lengthy contract stalemate with the..." September 12

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    ESPN Cleveland @ESPNCleveland

    Windhorst: The Tristan Thompson contract talks are not progressing with the #Cavs. It's pushing towards that qualifying offer

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    Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto

    While Toronto is possible for Tristan Thompson in '16, sources say Rich Paul has 3 teams waiting to offer the 24 yr old max $ if he's an UFA

  • Three teams willing to max out Tristan Thompson next summer

    CBS Sports "The Tristan Thompson contract debacle has been pretty odd. For the second straight summer, Rich Paul has had a restricted free agent who was all but guaranteed a massive contract -- possibly a max contract -- and hadn't received that deal well into the offseason. With Eric Bledsoe and the Phoenix..." September 08

  • Report: Cavaliers holding firm at $80 million offer, communicating little with Tristan Thompson

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tristan Thompson reportedly rejected a five-year, $80 million contract offer from the Cavaliers. He reportedly wants a max deal, $94,343,125 over five years. Cleveland’s response? Chris Haynes of, via Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors: all I know is Rich Paul is asking for five..." September 03

  • Report: Cavs don’t fear LeBron leaving Cleveland over Tristan Thompson

    Pro Basketball Talk "After LeBron James said Tristan Thompson should spend the rest of his career with the Cavaliers, there was talk LeBron would wait to re-sign until Cleveland locked up Thompson. LeBron and Thompson share an agent, Rich Paul, who once said LeBron considers the agency and its clients to be..." September 02

  • Tristan Thompson won’t accept less than max from Cavaliers, his agent thinks Raptors will offer it next summer

    Bleacher Report "The Cleveland Cavaliers have been trying to negotiate contract terms with Tristan Thompson all summer, yet the two sides have not agreed on a deal. LeBron James wants Thompson in Cleveland long term. Will Thompson play for the Cavaliers this season? Will he sign a max deal with another team?..." August 31

  • Tristan Thompson, agent Rich Paul could be eyeing the Raptors in 2016: Report

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In a little less than a month the Cleveland Cavaliers will begin training camp, the first step on a journey they hope lasts until June. Whether free agent power forward Tristan Thompson joins his teammates still remains a mystery. All is quiet between the Cavs and Thompson, a restricted free..." August 29

  • The Cavaliers And Thompson Should Wait

    Basketball Insiders "There has been a brewing narrative that the gap between what the Cleveland Cavaliers have offered restricted free agent Tristan Thompson and what his camp is seeking has somehow created a divide. While that’s great theater, that’s simply not where things stand. Thompson and the Cavaliers had..." August 19

  • LeBron: Cavs' No. 1 priority should be locking in Thompson

    ESPN "LeBron James praised the Cleveland Cavaliers front office for its moves this summer but stressed the team needs to get restricted free agent Tristan Thompson re-signed. "Our No. 1 objective right now is to sign Tristan," James said Thursday at Cedar Point amusement park. "He's a huge part of..." August 14

  • Agent: Tristan Thompson will leave Cavs if forced to take 1-year deal

    ESPN "With contract talks at an impasse for a month, the agent for restricted free-agent forward Tristan Thompson warned the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday that if his client is forced into accepting a one-year contract, the upcoming season will be his last season with the team. "If [Thompson] is on..." August 11

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    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    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.

  • Report: Cavs offering 'significantly' less than Thompson's max-offer demands

    The Score "It's no great secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers and power forward Tristan Thompson have hit an impasse in their contract negotiation talks this summer. Now we know why. As reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Thompson is seeking a maximum-level deal worth $94 million, whereas the Cavaliers are..." August 10

  • Agent Rich Paul says Tristan Thompson considering taking qualifying offer, leaving Cavaliers next summer

    Pro Basketball Talk "Just hours after an report on the contract impasse between the Cavs and Tristan Thompson, agent Rich Paul has told Sportsnet’s Michael Grange that Thompson is seriously considering taking Cleveland’s qualifying offer, and if he does that, he will not be back next season. The qualifying..." August 10

  • Cavaliers don't want to give Tristan Thompson a maximum contract, according to report

    SB Nation "All signs still point to restricted free agent Tristan Thompson remaining with the Cavaliers. What kind of contract he ends up signing with them is the interesting part. Thompson is looking for a maximum deal, which would come out to five years and about $94 million, according to ESPN's Brian..." August 10

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    Probasketballdraft @Probballdraft

    Spoke to a league source who says it's just a matter of time until the Cavs re-sign Tristan & JR & believes Cavs only keep 14 on the roster.

  • Cavs GM David Griffin hopeful of eventually signing Thompson, wants to better use Love next season

    Akron Beacon Journal "Cavs general manager David Griffin is hopeful a deal with Tristan Thompson will eventually be struck, although it’s clear the sides remain apart, he believes there are more opportunities to use Kevin Love’s skillset within the offense and he’d like to find a wing to back up LeBron James and ease..." July 13

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    Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick

    David Griffin says he doesn't have timetable on closing deal with Tristan Thompson, though he thinks they will get something done

  • T.J. Ford congratulates Tristan Thompson for re-signing with Cavaliers. Does he know something?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last I saw, Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers were apart in contract negotiations. But former NBA point guard T.J. Ford – who, like Thompson, played at Texas – apparently has different information: Did Ford just break this news? Or is he misinformed? My eyes are peeled for more Thompson..." July 06

  • Report: LeBron won't talk to Cavs until they re-sign Thompson

    Sporting News "Just when it seemed the Cavaliers could rest easy, the team got hit with another curveball. LeBron James has decided not to talk to the Cavs about a new deal until the team re-signs Tristan Thompson, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. James and Thompson both have Rich Paul as an..." July 04

  • Tristan Thompson wasn't striking a deal until Draymond Green was off the board

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers wasted little time knocking out a couple of free-agent priorities on July 1, the first day of free-agency. The franchise is executing its plan of attack. General Manager David Griffin and his front office staff are working tirelessly. However, restricted free agent..." July 03

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    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    Not a vast gap between Tristan Thompson and #Cavs, I'm told. No animosity, it's just part of the process. Striking deal ongoing.

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    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    After progress was made yesterday, Cavs & Tristan Thompson are currently still apart on contract talks, sources told ESPN.

  • Report: Cavaliers, Tristan Thompson close to $80 million-plus deal

    CBS Sports "It was obvious that Tristan Thompson was going to get a huge contract this summer. On the first day of free agency, the Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to pay up, according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst: Thompson exploded on the national stage during the playoffs, dominating the..." July 02

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources tell @WindhorstESPN & I that Cavs and Tristan Thompson are nearing agreement on deal that will pay the RFA in excess of $80 mil

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources tell @WindhorstESPN & I that Cavs and Tristan Thompson are nearing agreement on deal that will pay the RFA in excess of $80 mil

  • LeBron James says Tristan Thompson should 'be a Cavalier his entire career,' but it's going to cost them

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Leading up to the Oct. 31 rookie scale extension deadline at the beginning of the season, Cavaliers All-Star forward LeBron James was mute. His teammate, Tristan Thompson, was eligible for an extension that never transpired and the two share the same agent – Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group..." May 26

  • Subtle changes in his game have led to the emergence of Tristan Thompson

    Fear The Sword "The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to have a monopoly on undersized centers with ugly offensive games, impressive offensive rebounding numbers, and versatile defense. If watching Tristan Thompson this season has given you a sense of deja vu, that this is a movie we have seen before, you aren't alone...." May 25