Up until now, it was assumed that Tristan Thompson would re-sign with the Cavs before LeBron James. Today, with LeBron re-signing with the Cavs on a two-year deal, that is clearly no longer the case.
According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Thompson isn't closer to re-signing with the Cavs now that James has re-signed. As his source put it, they are 'not a package'. Thompson was reportedly close to signing a deal worth more than $80 million with the Cavs last week, but since, there seems to be a gap growing between the two sides.
Thompson, of course, is going to be a Cavalier next season and beyond. It's likely just a matter of time before he signs a new deal that will make him a much richer man. But something - and we really don't what it is - is separating the two sides.
James still figures to be a player in this. He's the Cavs' franchise player and has a voice in personal decisions. He and Thompson also are the same agent. It may take longer than expected, and while that's frustrating, Thompson is going to re-sign. The only thing that could throw a curveball in this process is Thompson signing an offer sheet with another team, which has yet to be even reported as on the table.