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Bobcats to amnesty Tyrus Thomas

Jul 5, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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  • 21.7
  • 21.0
  • 18.8
  • 13.8

Notice a pattern?

Those are, in chronological order, the minutes per game for Tyrus Thomas during his four seasons with the Bobcats. Still just 26 years old, Thomas has faded into near-obscurity. He averaged career lows in points (4.8) and rebounds (2.3) per game this season, but the lowest point came when Charlotte just told him not to accompany the team on a March road trip.

Thomas’ malaise was a combination of clashes with coaches, injuries an overbearing inability to live up to a contract that will still pay him $8,694,215 and $9,388,430 the next two seasons.

But that cap hit will no longer burden the Bobcats, who must clear room for Al Jefferson to sign. David Aldridge of NBA.com:

Although the Bobcats will still have to pay Thomas, his longer legacy might be the first-round draft pick they still owe the Bulls from the trade that brought him to Charlotte. It’s top-10 protected next year, top-eight protected in 2015 and unprotected in 2016. The way the Bobcats are going, they very well could end up losing a very valuable pick just so they had the inside track to overpay Thomas.

One team’s mistake could turn into another’s treasure, though. Someone should bid on Thomas, who as I mentioned, is still just 26. His athleticism and shot-blocking skills give him defensive potential, but whether he figures everything out remains a huge question.

I say he’s worth the risk – just not at anywhere near the salary the Bobcats gave him, which is why he’s available.

  1. sportsstar4u - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    As sad as it seems, I think the Lakers should put in a minimum level bid on him. If they don’t get Dwight, and they’ve already lost Earl Clark, they will need some size. While Thomas has certainly stunk it up, one would think he would want to prove the Bobcats made a mistake (they’ve made plenty – as they suck every year).

    If they lose Dwight, who’s going to play the 4 and 5? Jordan Hill can play a little, but come on man.

  2. bigmeechy74 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    I’m no scout. But I remember watching the draft when the bulls traded Aldridge for this guy. My immediate thought was “why the hell would they do that?”

    • tangledupinblue12 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      Trust me, all of Chicago thought — in unison — “DaFuq!?”

  3. jamieaadams - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    I wish the guy well, but he’s got a pretty substantial body of work now to be judged upon. Buyer beware.

  4. bifford - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    He would probably work out for the Spurs, who have a history of pacifying malcontent a-holes like Thomas.

    • fredagsedb - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Would not be a bad idea. They could use the athleticism and shot-blocking in the front court. He could be a nice upgrade over Blair. And he could learn from a top 5 defensive center in Duncan.

  5. kanemoney - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Their should be a contest for who can guess what the highest bid for him will be. I say a team bids 2m per year for him.

  6. htownred34 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Why not give him a go, he may just need some veterans and a winning atmosphere to turn him around kinda like andray blatche

  7. sportsnut101 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Hey if kwame brown can get a deal he will get another deal

    If I was a team I would take a chance at 500,000 maybe 800 max. The bobcats paying the rest any way worth the risk. Especially if people gaga over signing Greg oden who can’t play due to injury

  8. cantonbound13 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    They should look into amnestying MJ.

  9. sportsnut101 - Jul 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Ok Dwight Howard lets go pick a team already please don’t say nets either It’s rockets or warriors any other team u wont have any good players around. Dirk old Kobe injured Nash old gasol injury. Atl Hartford but that’s it.

    Imagine he says Orlando ha

  10. chicagofan - Jul 5, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    If you can get him for 1-2mill with Bcats paying the rest–he is definitely worth a shot.

  11. cmehustle - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I dont know what he’s good at anymore. When he was at LSU he looked like he would be a shot blocking maniac, and someone who could get you 15-18 hustle points a game sorta like Ibaka before Ibaka. But being in the league for what 7 years already? His game has not grown since he was drafted. And that trade for Aldrige, uhhhh.

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