LeBron James on Tristan Thompson Situation: ‘We Have a Distraction Right Now’

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LeBron James had previously stated that he wouldn’t further address the Tristan Thompson situation.

He lied.

Following Sunday’s training camp practice for the Cleveland Cavaliers, James addressed the situation head first:

“It’s kind of like the elephant in the room all over, for everybody. Hopefully some resolve can happen sooner than later. You know, obviously, we continue to say, I continue to say how his value to us is extreme as we saw last year in the postseason, throughout the season.”

The four-time MVP continued to stress his desire for this situation to be resolved, citing how it’s a “distraction when you’re trying to make a championship run”:

“I’m not here to talk about numbers, things of that nature, because that’s for them, for both sides to figure out. The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And we have that right now. And it’s unfortunate for both sides that we’re going through it right now as a team. It’s not an excuse, we will be ready to go but hopefully something happens in the near future.”

Following James’ Instagram post addressing the ongoing contract stalemate between the Cavaliers and Thompson, combined with his statements after Sunday’s practice, it remains to be seen if Cleveland’s front office is now more inclined to give in to Thompson’s contract demands.

Either way, this situation is getting ugly, and it’s not good for all parties involved.

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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.