The Tristan Thompson-Cleveland Cavaliers offseason saga is officially over.
Thompson has signed a five-year, $82 million deal Wednesday to remain with the Cavaliers. Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes was the first to report the deal, and Thompson’s agent, Rich Paul, confirmed it with Yahoo Sports’ Mark J. Spears. Thompson also sent out an Instagram post celebrating his return.
The power forward/center was initially offered a four-year extension worth $52 million before the 2014-15 season, but he turned it down. He reportedly asked for a max-level deal instead, but the two camps were still $14 million apart as recently as Sept. 21.
The 24-year-old averaged 9.6 points and 10.8 rebounds for the injury-plagued Cavaliers during their playoff run last season.
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