Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson (13) reaches for a pass against Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk (41) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers won't overpay to keep Tristan Thompson

The Cleveland Cavaliers still have questions to answer on their roster this offseason and outside of their laughable depth at the point and center, the Cavs must decide what to do with forward Tristan Thompson.

It’s clear at this point that he will not be involved in the Kevin Love trade which means the 2013-14 starting small forward will be moved to the bench for the 2014-15 season. Eventually, Thompson will likely be moved off the team entirely but it’s a matter of when that will happen.

According to NBA scribe Chuck Myron, the Cavaliers like Tristan Thompson but not enough to overpay to keep him around beyond his contract.

Thompson would be nice to have long-term for depth, no doubt, but I don’t think he’ll take the discount necessary for that to happen. You don’t want to overpay a guy who plays behind one of your best players (and remember, LeBron can play power forward, too.)

A trade is possible but the bottom line is that Thompson is too good to just sit on the bench and not contribute and he’s not that talented that the Cavaliers need to keep him away from other contenders. Something is going to happen with Thompson in the near future but the Cavs are unlikely to keep him for long.

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