It appears that the final deal will be Thomas for Flip Murray and Acie Law (both expiring contracts) and a future protected first round pick.
Thomas is a 6’10″ super-athletic power forward who has had difficulty putting it altogether on the court since he was drafted #4 overall in the 2006 NBA Draft after a promising freshman year at LSU. While he has shown flashes of brilliance, he is also regarded as still being quite immature.
While there have been no major transgressions, either off-court or on, the Bulls have undoubtedly grown weary of dealing with his lack of professionalism and consistency. He was suspended for a game earlier this month for “conduct detrimental to the team” in what was likely the straw that broke the camel’s back. Furthermore, the emergence of Joakim Noah likely further influenced the Bulls to trade him now to get an asset back.
Thomas is currently averaging 8.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 23 minutes per game this year for a career-high 16.7 PER. He did miss a swath of games earlier this season with a broken arm; this injury was sustained in a weightlifting accident and does not reflect any chronic problem.
No doubt Larry Brown is geeked about teaching young Tyrus how to “play the right way” and “respect the game.”
We’ll have more posts to come on the trade this afternoon. For now, here’s some bonus links:
- Tyrus Thomas’s official site (complete with bitter, narcissistic Kanye track after you get past the front splash page)
- ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell on Thomas’s return from the forearm injury in December
- Friedell again, this time from January on The Thomas Question
- And Friedell one last time, from just a couple weeks ago on Thomas’s one-game suspension
POLL : TYRUS THOMAS TRADE REACTIONS
- Great Deal for Cats
(82%, 102 Votes)
- Better Deal for Bulls
(5%, 6 Votes)
- Not Worth 1st Round Pick
(13%, 16 Votes)
Total Voters: 124