Cavs News: Tristan Thompson Will Not Attend LeBron’s Pre-Training Camp

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It looks like Tristan Thompson won’t be attending LeBron James’ pre-training camp after all.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Chris Haynes, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward will not attend the assembly. Haynes stated the following in regards to Thompson’s absence at the camp:

“Restricted free agent Tristan Thompson will not attend the assembly, Northeast Ohio Media Group was informed. With the 24-year-old in the midst of a lengthy contract stalemate with the club, he has elected not to appear.”

It’s clear what Thompson’s message to the organization is: “I’m not currently under contract and don’t assume that I will play for the Cavaliers this season.”

The 24-year-old forward desires a max contract, while Cleveland has offered him a five-year contract worth $80 million.

Though Thompson doesn’t plan on attending James’ camp, most of the Cavaliers’ roster does plan on attending it:

“NEOMG is told that Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao, J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert, Joe Harris, Mo Williams, James Jones, Richard Jefferson and Sasha Kaun are expected to be on the scene in Miami.”

This doesn’t mean that Thompson won’t a sign a deal with Cleveland any day now and join his teammates as a group.

As of right now however, Thompson is making his message loud and clear about how he’s not currently a Cavalier.

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D.J. Siddiqi is a staff writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has followed the NBA passionately since the 90's and has taken a keen interest in following LeBron James' career since he was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 draft. Once a critic of LeBron, DJ has grown to admire James as he has evolved from 18-year-old phenom to a four-time MVP and two-time NBA Champion. He looks forward to bringing his knowledge of the game to Cavaliers Nation.