Yesterday I watched a so called NBA Preview Special on a certain big name sports channel. It was really the LeBron James hour with a little bit of Steph Curry sprinkled in here and there. At one point the talking heads on this special brought up the fact that Tristan Thompson is still holding out. Let me take a page from Facebook click bait and say “what happens next will shock you.” They started talking about how Cleveland will not be able to win a championship or maybe even come out of the east if Thompson isn’t signed. Um, what?

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(Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Thompson averaged 8.5 points and 8 rebounds last season, and 10.1 and 8.4 for his career. He played well in the playoffs, but these numbers do not warrant the league maximum of $94 million for five years that he is asking for. Cleveland has Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejo who both average close to those numbers, and combined make about $4 million less per year than Thompson’s asking price. Alternating those two guys along with James, Love, Irving, and role players like Shumpert, Smith, and Dellavedova isn’t going to get them back to the finals? If they were in the west maybe but this is the eastern conference we are talking about. I will say that one thing Thompson has is youth, he is only 24 and does have the potential to get better. The new TV deal that starts after this coming season for the NBA is giving way to some big contracts. If that’s what he wants to cash in on then why not at least take the one year qualifying offer? This would allow him to showcase his talents more and then hit the free agent market for a potential big payday, and possibly after winning a championship. No, that wasn’t something he wanted to do either and he turned down $6.8 million for one year.

I understand that the NBA is a business, and that Thompson and his agent’s goal is to get him the best deal possible. However at some point he has to be realistic and understand that he is not the first, second, third, or maybe even fourth option on the court for this team. His teammate is the best player in the league, and he gets to learn from him. I know some people will find this hard to accept, but $22.9 million a year for LeBron, IS a pay cut. If he can accept less, then Tristan Thompson can, especially on a team that really doesn’t need him.

 

Kevin McQuade covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @kmcquade9.

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