LeBron James Urges Cleveland Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson to Get a Deal Done

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The latest volley in the back-and-forth negotiations between the Cleveland Cavaliers and restricted free agent Tristan Thompson took yet another turn on Saturday night when a brief Instagram post by LeBron James seemed to hint that the pressure was back on the Cavaliers.

Both James and Thompson attended a wedding in Miami on Saturday evening, with the two posing for a photograph. James then posted the photograph and wrote the message, “Get it done!!!!” before then adding a hashtag that stated, “#MissMyBrother.”

Get it done!!!! Straight up. #MissMyBrother @realtristan13

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James, who shares Rich Paul as an agent with Thompson, has previously declined to get involved in the contentious negotiations.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN noted that last September, James made a push for the Phoenix Suns to sign Eric Bledsoe, who was also a client of Paul’s. Within three weeks, Bledsoe signed a $70 million, five-year deal after having turned down $12 million a year over four seasons.

The sticking point between the Cavs and Thompson is a $14 million difference, with Cleveland offering $80 million over five years and Thompson (through Paul) asking for a max deal that would pay $94 million over that same period.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.