When LeBron James speaks, everybody listens.
The King is on the verge of making another trip to the NBA Finals and he is not taking all the credit for it.
He acknowledge his teammate, Tristan Thompson, and told the media that the young forward should remain as a Cavalier for the rest of his career.
Per Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group: “Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career,” James said.
“There’s no reason why he shouldn’t.
This guy is 24 years old.
He’s played in 340‑plus straight games, and he’s gotten better every single season.
It’s almost like, ‘What more can you ask out of a guy?'” However, that won’t be an easy task as Haynes also considers the fact that NBA teams will have a huge cap space increase due to the $24 billion TV deal taking effect during the 2016-2017 season.
He said that teams will be willing to pay Thompson a handsome amount, which means the Cavs might need to spend more to retain his services.
“In regards to Thompson’s situation, the dynamics have since changed.
The NBA’s new $24 billion television deal could radically increase the salary cap from about $67 million next season to approximately $90 million for the 2016-17 season.
The Cavaliers will be forced to fork out more than their October offer to retain Thompson,” Haynes said.
“They will make every effort to bring him back, but league sources have stated that teams are already quietly expressing interest in the soon to be free agent,” he added.
Regardless, the future is bright for Tristan Thompson but the question remains, is he worth a max contract deal?