Tristan Thompson Ends Holdout, Signs with Cavaliers for $82 Million Over Five Years

Bryan Brandom
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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson is now the sixth-highest paid player at his position in the NBA.

If that sentence doesn't already make you do a double-take, he thought he settled for his newly signed five-year, $82 million contract.

The Cavs shocked the league when they offered their reserve forward a five-year, $80 million contract earlier this summer. Then Thompson's side did something even more shocking—turned the offer down and demanded a maximum contract, lest he sign the one-year qualifying offer this year and enter unrestricted free agency next summer.

This from a guy who averaged 8.5 points and 8 rebounds off the bench this season and is extremely limited offensively.

Thompson is one of the best offensive rebounders in the league, and he's a versatile defender able to switch onto guards near the end of the shot clock. He's a nice player to have, but not at the five years and $94 million he was seeking.

The Cavs called Thompson's bluff and, knowing that sitting out a year would leave him in the same position an offseason later with yet less leverage, he agreed to a figure close to the original offer.

Teammate Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee, Blake Griffin, and Paul Millsap are the only power forwards in the league to make more than Thompson.

Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins, who makes $15.5 milion a year after signing a four-year deal worth $62 million before the 2013-14 season, can't believe it.



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