Tristan Thompson Saga Shows Fine Line Cavaliers Face in Title Chase

October 2nd, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

There are arguments to be made for Tristan Thompson eyeing a max deal and the Cleveland Cavaliers instead attempting to save every possible penny.

But that doesn't mean this situation makes any sense.

The last thing the Cavs need is another distraction. They're working Kyrie Irving (knee) and Kevin Love (shoulder) back from surgery, and they just lost Iman Shumpert (wrist) for the next three months. Sophomore head coach David Blatt is set to spend another season in the spotlight, and LeBron James is getting antsy with his 31st birthday looming in December.

"I have no time to waste," James told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt. "My ultimate goal is to win a championship, and it starts now."

Cleveland's championship preparations should start now, but there's an unnecessary obstacle in the way. Thompson and the Cavs are doing exactly what the King said he can't: wasting time.

Remember how simple these negotiations seemed in July? Less than 24 hours after the market opened, sources were telling's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of a near-agreement on a five-year, $80 million-plus pact between ...

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