Brian Windhorst: ‘Tristan Thompson Holdout Will Go Well into the Regular Season’

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The Tristan Thompson saga doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.

More than a week after the qualifying offer period passed without a deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson, there isn’t any indication that there is an end in sight.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN backed up this claim while appearing on Zach Lowe’s podcast earlier in the week. Windhorst went so far as to say that the power forward could hold out for months:

“I think it will take a third party event to bridge the gap here. I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”

Since Thompson became a free agent in July, there has been a gulf between the two sides pertaining to contract discussions.

With the Cavaliers short on depth due to Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert all currently recovering from injuries, it should be interesting to see how the team starts out the season. In the event that the team struggles early on without the 24-year-old power forward, the organization may feel pressured to re-sign Thompson a few weeks into the regular season.

All things considered, this situation has taken a turn for the worse and it remains to be seen when exactly Thompson will be back in a Cavs uniform.

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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.