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Knicks interested in Tyrus Thomas

Jul 12, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

Tyrus Thomas

The Bobcats amnestied Tyrus Thomas, making the move official Wednesday. Any team with space to absorb his 2013-14 salary of $8,694,215 can claim him (not happening). If that doesn’t happen, any team with cap room can bid how much it wants to pay him the next two seasons (maybe happening). That process takes 48 hours, so sometime today, we’ll learn Thomas’ fate.

If Thomas clears waivers – why wouldn’t a team under the cap offer to pay Thomas a minimum contract, though? – he’ll become an unrestricted free agent, and if that happens, he’ll have at least one suitor.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News:

The Knicks used part of their taxpayer mid-level exception to re-sign Pablo Prigioni, but they still have a portion left. Thomas might not command more than a minimum contract, anyway.

Thomas has steadily declined in Charlotte, injuries and a general malaise to blame. Perhaps, playing for a winning team would help Thomas show his talent. The Knicks would certainly be hoping Thomas resembles Andray Blatche, another young player who underachieved on a big contract and was amnestied before finding success with the Nets.

Maybe Thomas can repeat that, and for a Knicks team falling behind the East’s other top teams, it’s a worthy risk. Better than standing pat. Or trading for Andrea Bargnani.

  1. pl4tinum514 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Look at those muscle-less arms. What a loser man, wouldn’t even work on his body or his game his entire career.

    • emosnar - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Damn that’s funny cause that is what i first noticed when I saw the pic. Dude you been in the league how long now? Made how much money? You can’t pick up a dumbbell and try to look like a NBA player? This cat still looks like his Mcdonald high school All-american media pic.

      He is the new Kwame Brown.

      • emosnar - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:34 PM

        Darren Collison’s arms are bigger, smh

    • barnesaintnoble - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

      I almost want to defend him and say sometimes lifting too much can mess with a shot or that some people’s bodies just look lean and lanky no matter how much they lift, but I can’t. He clearly doesn’t do anything in the off-season.

  2. m4a188 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Looks like Bynum.

  3. mickdamill - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Melo is asking for star power and this is how he is rewarded haha. What a chump he is only 26 years old, he should be approaching his prime and he isn’t getting anybetter.

  4. kb2408 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    “Potential has a shelf life”.
    Kareem Abdul Jabbar

  5. hartdaddy - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Please, watch Woodson whip Bargnani into the player he was meant to be like he’s done for JR & even Chris Copeland who was a no defense playing, non rebounding scoring 4 over the pond. He even has gotten Melo & Amare to play defense. Coach Woodson doesn’t play around on defense, his offensive coaching leaves a lot to be desired, but he can coach defense to his players. Not to mention, the Knicks have the best shooting coaches in the
    NBA, Dave Hopla is a miracle worker, he turned Ronnie Brewer into a consistent shooter for a stretch last season.

    As for Thomas, meh… whatever. I prefer NY leave roster spots open for some of these Summer League guys like Mitchell & Tyler.

    • JHathwell - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      This sounds objective and not one bit like an obnoxious Knick homer.

      No sir.

  6. onlyavoice - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    ” Perhaps, playing for a winning team would help Thomas show his talent ”
    LMAO, He Better Try Somewhere Else If He Wants To Play On a Winning Team,
    Because That IS NOT The Knicks.

    • bishop2288 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      What a loser. Knicks could win 4 chips in 5 years and you’d still hear idiots like this guy haha seriously, Knicks have 10 players right now and already got better since last year. You’re probably still repeating that 3 year old “Knicks have no defense” crap. Except we beat your team last year, didn’t we? I don’t need to hear who your team is, unless your a Rockets or Blazers fan we whooped your butts

  7. blueballzny - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Hey Feldman, zip it with your backhanded negative comments on the Bargnani trade. I don’t understand how anyone can bash the Knicks for making that deal. Sure, Bargnani has his warts. He’s not a 7 foot banger and defender. But he can shoot, and he’ll help space the floor for Melo. In last years playoffs, the Knicks biggest problem was not having a consistent second scorer. Bargnani will provide that offense. Plus, the only thing of value that was given up was a first round pick in’16, which will be in the 22-26 range. Listen, the Knicks are pretty much locked into this team. They don’t have many options with Stat and Amare under contract for the next 2 years. Bargnani’s contract is for 2 years too, so if he doesn’t work out the Knicks will have boatloads of money to build around Melo in 2 years. For the risk, the Bargnani deal was certainly worth it. I think you’re going to see a very motivated Bargnani!

    • Kurt Helin - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      You should look at his shooting numbers the last two years before you say he can shoot.

  8. blueballzny - Jul 12, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    * I meant Stat and Tyson under contract.

  9. goldenstateofmind7 - Jul 13, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Who aren’ t the knicks interested in? I think they want to sign my grandma to a 10-day contract, they say she has a jumper as smooth as butter.

  10. louhudson23 - Jul 13, 2013 at 4:38 AM


    • bishop2288 - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      That’s a joke right? Look at the muscles on this champ. He is destined for greatness

  11. btrue2life - Jul 15, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    He hasn’t been coached by Woody yet, if he can get through to JR he can turn Thomas around.

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