Bulls Not Intending To Extend Tyrus Thomas?
Tyrus Thomas, a lightning rod of discussion and controversy for the Bulls, becomes a restricted free agent this offseason. The Bulls have until October 31 to offer him an extension, otherwise they will have to match any offer another team gives him this coming summer to keep him. The likelihood of him remaining a Bull if he becomes a restricted free agent seems unlikely at best, since the Bulls will probably be using their cap space to chase one of the big free agents that will be available in the class of 2010. Sources close to the Bulls seem to think that Tyrus will not be signed to an extension before the October 31st deadline, however:
A source close to the Chicago Bulls organization told us yesterday it looks like the Bulls will not extend Tyrus Thomas before the Oct. 31 deadline and I assume he also meant they will let him walk next off season when he becomes a restricted free agent.
I’m not sure how reliable that source is, but The Hoop Doctors usually are pretty good about reporting on NBA-related topics. If Tyrus truly does walk, it will be the end of a sad saga for Paxson in which he essentially passed on taking Aldridge OR Roy in the 2006 draft. On the other hand, Tyrus might break out in his contract year and earn a huge deal making the Bulls regret not extending him when his value was still somewhat low. We’ll have to wait and see how this all plays out.