Five days ago, it was reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson had come to an agreement on a deal that would keep Thompson in Cleveland for the next five years and pay him upwards on $80 million. A day later, it was reported that Thompson and Cavs were still apart and that a deal was not yet close. Today, we learned that Thompson and the Cavs are no closer to a deal.
According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Thompson and the Cavs are regularly talking about a new deal but little progress is being made. And with Thompson not signing, Cavs forward LeBron James will not re-sign either.
This is tricky situation for the Cavs. On one end, they have the leverage on Thompson, who is a restricted free agent. But on the other hand, LeBron - who shares an agent with Thompson - wields his leverage and that might help Thompson get whatever he want from the Cavs. Without LeBron, who reportedly will not help the Cavs recruit free agents until he re-signs, the Cavs are going to have a harder time signing players to fill out the roster.
In reality, all parties best interest to get his resolved as soon as possible. The problem, it seems, is that both parties now what they want and aren't particularly willing to budge.
5:29 - This post has been updated. A passage speculating that David West could be signed by the Cavs has been removed to reflect West's deal with the San Antonio Spurs.