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Tristan Thompson’s contract situation with the Cavs is still unresolved and now there are reports that he may not even sign with the team. After turning down an $80 million contract extension Thompson has been pretty much chilling on the sidelines as a restricted free agent.
Now there are reports surfacing that he may end up joining his hometown Raptors next summer. Via Sheridan Hoops:
There are rumblings that agent Rich Paul could deliver another client to his hometown team in the near future. Several league executives believe Canadian Tristan Thompson may head north to Toronto in the summer of 2016 if he signs his one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I always thought he was going to end up (in Toronto) this year,” one Eastern Conference general manager said. “There’s going to be so much money next year so I think he will get it.”
As most folks know, Paul is the agent for LeBron James, who in 2014 returned to Cleveland in one of the biggest homecoming moments in sports history. That moment was engineered by Paul.
Paul also is the agent for Cory Joseph, another Canadian who signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Raptors this summer. At 24, Joseph became the first Toronto-bred NBA player to sign with the team in the prime of his career.
The move has brought a level of excitement to Toronto at a time when the young talent pool has never been better. Just ask Drake, who referenced Joseph’s 2014 title with the San Antonio Spurs in his song Charged Up when he said, “I get a ring and I bring it home like I’m Cory Jo.”
It’s also worth noting that Joseph and Thompson are friends who have played together during their AAU, high school and college days.