Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson is preparing to bet on himself, and he believes he’ll have the perfect suitors for his services next summer. Thompson reportedly rejected a five-year, $80 million contract offer from the Cavaliers at the start of free agency.

According to Rich Bucher of Bleacher Report, Thompson believes the Raptors will appreciate his services.

A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal. And otherwise, he is prepared to sign a one-year qualifying offer with the additional knowledge, according to the source, that Paul believes that he can get a max deal with the Raptors next summer.

Thompson isn’t worth a max deal, but the beauty is in the eye of the Raptors. The Toronto-born Thompson would provide Toronto with a rugged, rebounding machine.

By Glenn Erby

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