LeBron James Calls Tristan Thompson Negotiation a Distraction

LeBron James Calls Tristan Thompson Negotiation a Distraction

It's throwing a wrench in the Cavs' quest to win title.

Published October 5, 2015

LeBron James was able to push the Golden State Warriors to six games in the NBA Finals without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who were both out with injuries.

Now, with the Irving and Love scheduled to return healthy, the Cleveland Cavaliers are locked and loaded to make a trip back to the Finals...and this time win it all, right? Well, not quite.

That's because their budding star of a power forward, Tristan Thompson has continued to hold out, not coming to terms with the Cavs over a restructured deal. And at this point, it has become a distraction, according to King James.

James added: "I know he wants to be here, I believe this franchise wants him to be here, and so on and so on. So, like I said, hopefully something gets done soon so we can really get down to it."

Ironically, James and Thompson are both represented by agent Rich Paul.

Paul recently let go of a five-year, $94 million max contract demand for Thompson and opted for a three-year, $53 million deal, NBA sources told ESPN.

Thompson, 24, averaged 10 points and 13 rebounds per game during the Finals.

Let's see how this one winds up.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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