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Report: No Deal Between Thompson and Cavs, Won’t Be at Media Day Today


By Matt Loede

Today is Cavaliers media day, and it appears the Eastern Conference Champs from last season will not have a big piece of their playoff success on the court today when the pictures are taken and the interviews take place.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN tweeted this morning that Cavs forward Tristan Thompson and the team didn’t get a deal done over the weekend, and he won’t be at Cleveland Clinic Courts today.

A follow up tweet stated the following about the situation: “Neither Cavs or Thompson are framing situation as “hold out” because he has until Thursday, which is Oct. 1, to sign $6.9M qualifying offer.”

Thompson and the Cavs have been at odds all summer about his contract, and back on September 21st Windhorst reported the Cavs and Thompson were still $14 million apart on a new deal.

The Cavs reported deal to Thompson is at five years and $80 million, and Thompson still wants a max deal of $94 million over the same five year contract.

Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, also represents LeBron James, who to no surprise did come back to the Cavs despite being a free agent this summer.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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