Tristan Thompson is a restricted free agent, and he remains unsigned because he and the Cavaliers are at odds over how much money he should earn for the upcoming season.
Cleveland likely would be fine with offering Thompson a max deal next summer, because even though it would be a significantly bigger contract, there wouldn't be the luxury tax penalties on top of it that the team would be strapped with if they were to max out Thompson in advance of the upcoming season.
But because of that wrinkle, Thompson's agent has threatened that if his client doesn't get the max deal he's seeking now, he'll play the year out on a one-year deal, before leaving as an unrestricted free agent one the season is finished.
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The latest report, from Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops, says that Thompson's agent has "three teams waiting" to offer Thompson a max deal if he's available in 2016.
This could be posturing, but it could also be a reality. Either way, the Cavaliers hope they'll be able to work something out so they don't need to call Thompson's bluff.