Of course, this still carries enormous risk. Thompson could break his leg or tear his Achilles. Love could turn a monster, keeping Thompson on the bench and causing his value to diminish. Another of record-breaking three-pointers could convince general managers that a power forward who can’t shoot isn’t nearly as valuable as they thought. So the question remains, is Allen Bailey Authentic Womens Jersey Thompson willing to entertain the risk of accepting the one-year qualifying offer? Thompson’s agent would certainly like the Cavaliers to think, and has begun putting pressure on the team by talking to the media. This afternoon, Grange tweeted Breaking: agent tells @Sportsnet Thompson sign 1yr Qualifying offer with Cavs and be a free agent 2016 before quickly deleting and rowing back his report. Grange did go on to quote directly on the topic: We are a Anthony Sherman Authentic Womens Jersey way from it, but it’s clear, yes, said. If plays on the, it be his last year with the Cavs. There are a couple of things going on here. It seems that what Thompson really wants is that five-year, $94 million deal, but the Cavaliers haven’t put that offer on the table. theory, Thompson could sign the one-year qualifying offer and then choose to re-sign with the Cavaliers 2016, but is explicitly taking that option off the table attempt to get the Cavaliers to quit playing chicken and offer Thompson the. But addition to all of the other reasons not to believe that Thompson would actually accept the qualifying offer, the damage of Thompson is mitigated by how much money it saves the team, as the Cavaliers are going to be luxury tax hell next year. Per salary cap guru Marks, if Thompson takes the qualifying offer the Cavaliers pay $94 million salary and $16 million luxury tax next year, whereas if they they sign him to a contract they’ll pay $104 million salary and $44 million luxury tax. Thompson taking the qualifying offer saves the Cavaliers $37 million, quite the consolation prize for him after next. The luxury tax also potentially explains why the Cavaliers are digging their heels hard against offering Thompson the. The difference between giving Thompson a $94 million as opposed to $80 million contract isn’t just the roughly $3 million extra the Cavaliers would spend this year, but also the roughly $10 million extra they’d pay luxury tax penalties. Put the monetary savings together with the evidence that Thompson is a good-but-not-great player-he’s only the third best power forward on his own team, he can’t shoot outside of the restricted area, he’s only okay defender-and you can why the Cavaliers don’t think they need to offer Thompson the. Last client Bledsoe was involved similarly contested contract negotiations with the Suns, and he eventually signed a five-year deal deep into despite having claimed to have signed the qualifying offer, just not sent it to the Suns. other players had to make a similar decision to Thompson about whether to hold off a year to sign a big deal to try and cash under the new salary cap, and no non-LeBron players did. Greg, who took the Pistons’ qualifying offer last and signed a three-year contract with the Bucks last month, is basically the only good player to have ever signed the qualifying offer. And despite the apparent acrimony, you should still bet on this contract impasse being resolved, and Thompson re-signing with the Cavaliers. The two sides have until Halloween to work out a deal, and everybody has enough incentive to get something done. The Cavaliers have a championship window of about two or three years, and Thompson shuts it much quicker, while Thompson would be taking a tremendous risk by leaving $73 million or more on the table. Expect to read sometime about Thompson’s new five-year contract, for somewhere between $80 and $94 million, allowing both sides to feel like they won something.