Thompson con­tract ‘dis­trac­tion’ says LeBron

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CLEVE­LAND— LeBron James was done talk­ing about Tris­tan Thompson’s con­tract sit­u­a­tion.

Then he saw his team­mate at a wed­ding Satur­day and changed his mind.

In his most can­did com­ments yet, James called Thompson’s stale­mate with the Cava­liers “a dis­trac­tion” on Sun­day and urged both sides to get a deal done.

“The last thing you need is a dis­trac­tion when you try to make a cham­pi­onship run, and we have that right now,” James said af­ter prac­tice at the team’s fa­cil­ity. “It’s un­for­tu­nate for both sides that we’re go­ing through it right now as a team.”

Thompson, who played a ma­jor role in Cleve­land’s run to the NBA Fi­nals last sea­son, has not re­ported to train­ing camp as he re­mains in a hold­out for a long-term deal. His agent, Rich Paul, and the Cavs have not been able to reach an agree­ment over the past few months.

While at a wed­ding in Mi­ami, James posed for a photo with Thompson that he posted on so­cial media with the cap­tion, “Get it done!!!! Straight up. #Mis­sMyBrother.”

The four-time MVP de­nied the mes­sage was aimed at the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the Cavs and Paul, who also rep­re­sents James.

Thompson re­mains a re­stricted free agent and can re­ceive of­fers from other teams.

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