Cavs Give In And Pay Tristan Thompson A 5-Year, 82 Million Dollar Deal
The Cavs gave in.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Tristan Thompson to a five-year deal, Cavs GM David Griffin announced Thursday.The deal does not include player or team options, and all money is guaranteed.
At $16.4 million annually, it will make Thompson the sixth-highest-paid power forward in the NBA.
The new deal also ends a stalemate between the Cavs and Tristan Thompson's agent. Thompson, 24, had been seeking a max contract of five years and $94 million or three years and $53 million.
While this deal is lower than his initial offer this is still A LOT of money for someone who will be nothing better than their 4th option when the entire team is healthy. Including salaries and tax, the Cavs are likely to spend more than $170 million on this season's roster, the second-highest number in league history behind the 2013-14 Brooklyn Nets.