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Kurt Thomas goes to Bulls on two-year deal

Jul 23, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

Kurt Thomas will be the veteran big man off the bench in Chicago this season — and just as importantly play the role of mentor.

In a nice little pickup, the Bulls and Thomas have agreed to a two-year deal (second being a team option). Thomas slides into the Brad Miller role — 15 minutes a night off the bench to spell Joakim Noah. The difference is Thomas plays some defense.

Thomas played that same “big off the bench” role last year in Milwaukee and gave them 3 points, 4 rebounds and few mistakes in his time. He stepped it up in the playoffs, filling in for the injured Andrew Bogut, helping the Bucks almost take out the Hawks in the first round.

Bulls fans have high hopes for Omer Asik, the Turkish center finally coming to the States. Asik may eventually get those backup big man minutes. But Asik is in for an adjustment period, maybe a harsh one. Thomas can play the role of mentor there as well

  1. BUCKS - Jul 23, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    As a Bucks fan, I’m sad to see him leave. Still, I wish I could say I wish him well. I don’t now. I hope Chicago loses 82 games.
    After he leaves Chicago, I’ll go back to being a fan of Thomas, an awesome veteran presence.

  2. Mattchew - Jul 23, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Yeah its gonna be a battle for the division but I think you already know the Bulls are gonna whoop on the Bucks. You should be happy Chicago gave Salmons to you giving you a replacement for Redd. Not to mention you got Skiles from us. Next year were gonna battle for that guaranteed 4 seed and I like the Bulls chances. Noah and Boozer are gonna tear up your front line and Rose is gonna be unstoppable next year.

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