A few days after LeBron James had summoned the Cavs players to a pre-training camp workout in Miami, it appears that not all the Cavs players are in. Chris Haynes of the NEOMG reports that Tristan Thompson will not be joining James and the rest of the Cavs in MIami.
Thompson, who is in the middle of contract negotiations with the Cavs, is not the only Cavs player not to join the rest of the Cavs in Miami, as Timofey Mozgov is recovering from knee scope he received over the summer. But as it looks, Thompson is the only healthy Cavs player not a part of the pre-training camp workout, as Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were reportedly all in attendance, but were limited due to injuries.
As it still stands, the Cavs and Thompson are not near a contract deal, as Thompson wants "close to the max" while the Cavs were looking in the range of $80 million over five years. Thompson's agent Rich Paul has even threatened that Thompson won't be in a Cavs uniform next year if he has to accept the qualifying offer.
At this point, it's hard to tell who has more leverage in the contract negotiations between Thompson and the Cavs, but it should be noted that Thompson not showing up to this minicamp is not a sign that he isn't going to sign with the Cavs or has any beef with LeBron, as they were both shown hanging out in Thompson's hometown a few weeks ago.
For those unfamiliar with Paul, he used the same tactics with Eric Bledsoe and the Suns last year, when the Suns eventually gave Bledsoe a five-year, $70 million contract last September.