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Big bucks for backup: Cavs' Thompson gets $82M contract

Reserve forward Tristan Thompson agrees to a five-year deal to stay in Cleveland.

Reserve forward Tristan Thompson agrees to a five-year deal to stay in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — Already an elite rebounder, Tristan Thompson snatched a long-term contract from the Cavaliers.

The restricted free agent forward has agreed in principle with the defending Eastern Conference champions on a five-year, $82 million contract, ending his holdout and giving the Cavs needed frontcourt depth.

The team confirmed Wednesday night that it had a verbal agreement with Thompson, who helped the Cavs get to the NBA Finals last season by filling in for an injured Kevin Love. Thompson had been seeking a maximum deal, while the Cavs made it known they valued the 2011 No. 4 overall pick but weren't going to overpay for a reserve.

The sides had been in an awkward stalemate, which threatened to carry over into the regular season. However, agent Rich Paul and Cleveland's front office came to terms less than a week before the opener.

"It's been a long summer of grinding and hard work," Thompson, 24, wrote on Instagram, "but now it's back to The Land to take care of some unfinished business."

ODOM MARRIAGE BACK ON: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian decided to stay married as the former NBA star continues his recovery a week after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. Kardashian's lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed a petition to dismiss the reality star's divorce filing from December 2013.

A clerk granted the request in such a way that the divorce papers can be refiled later.

No reason was stated for the change.

LEBRON, FIRST LADY TEAM UP: LeBron James welcomed a high-profile guest to show kids in his hometown that they can grow up to be anything they want.

The Cavaliers star appeared with first lady Michelle Obama in Akron, Ohio, to celebrate the importance of education and to challenge thousands of children in his family foundation's program to finish college. The two took the stage inside the University of Akron's Rhodes Arena.

BUCKS: Marcus Landry's chance to make his hometown team ended after Milwaukee waived the forward.

KNICKS: Rookie forward Kristaps Porzingis will start on opening night, coach Derek Fisher said.

ROCKETS: Center Dwight Howard won't play in the preseason finale Friday, but the former Magic star said he will be ready for the regular season.

SPURS: Guard Jimmer Fredette, the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft, was waived.

Big bucks for backup: Cavs' Thompson gets $82M contract 10/21/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 10:25pm]
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