Friday, September 25, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 9.25.15 #TristanThompson #Cavs #MWP #Lakers

By @cleeverizon

- What's the latest Tristan Thompson news? NOTHING!

Here's the story. This time last summer, Tristan Thompson turned down the Cavaliers offer of four years, $52M. Thompson chose to gamble on himself and it paid off by the Cavs reportedly offering him five years and $80M at the end of last season. Now, knowing that the NBA salary cap will increase and additional TV money given to teams, Thompson's new demands turned into five years and $94M.

ESPN's Chris Broussard reported that Thompson's new proposal is three years $54M which will coincide with LeBron's contract ending once he extends. Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd quickly reported via Twitter:

So as of now, there is no deal that looks imminent. Since lowering the demand of the contract length and years this maybe a deal that will be complete before training camp starts. Of course, Thompson can sign the qualifying offer, but why would he not want more than double his salary and leave the money on the table this year? Thompson is putting himself at risk of injury or a drop in production if he does not take the deal. This is going to go down to the wire with a deal being struck at midnight in my opinion. This story is far from over. Make sure to follow @TripleThreatCLE On Twitter for all the latest updates.                                                    
- Forward Metta World Peace will be returning to Los Angeles next season to play for the Lakers. The one year, $1.5M non guaranteed contract was signed on Thursday and World Peace is scheduled to take his physical and formalize the contract today. Last season, he played in Italy and China. In his 15 NBA seasons, the formerly named Ron Artest has averaged 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. He had stops with the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and the Lakers.

- Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh says he has been taken off blood thinners and is cleared for contact. He does not have the gene that makes it more likely for blood clots to recur. Bosh said he added a little weight to be stronger and sustain contact but hopes to lose the weight and keep the strength.                                    

- After spending 14 seasons in the NBA, Jason Richardson announced his retirement via Instagram. Richardson had right knee pain 4-5 days ago and an MRI revealed he had bone spurs. He feared his knee would become as bad as his left, which caused him to make the decision to retire. Most notably known for winning back to back NBA slam dunk titles (2002&2003), Richardson averaged 17.1 points per game and finishes scoring 14,644 career points. After being drafted in the first round out of Michigan State in 2001 by the Golden State Warriors, he also played for the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers.

- The Pittsburgh Pirates clinch a playoff birth and are in the postseason for the third straight year. The Pirates are the second team to qualify for postseason this season play after the St.Louis Cardinals.

- The Boston Red Sox promote Mike Hazen to senior vice president and general manager yesterday. Hazen 39 in his previous role as senior vice president/assistant GM, Hazen assisted Ben Cherington (who resigned upon Dave Dombrowski’s hiring) in player acquisitions, player evaluation, contract negotiations, and scouting.

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