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Thompson Wants Extension, Start for Cavs

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Both (Cavaliers center Anderson) Varejao and (forward Tristan) Thompson could essentially be playing this season for their next contracts. Varejao is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, although his age (32) and injury history will likely preclude him from demanding top dollar. And now that his good friend LeBron James is back, Varejao likely won’t want to leave.

Thompson, however, is only 23 and very much in pursuit of a new deal. The Cavs have until Oct. 31 to come to terms with him on an extension, otherwise he’ll become a restricted free agent next summer.

At this point, with the clock ticking and little negotiations between the two sides, that might be how this plays out. And given that Thompson shares an agent with James and will be seeking a significant raise on his next deal, securing a starting spot for this season could be of utmost importance to him.

 

via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal

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