If A Tyrus Thomas Falls in the Woods, And No One is Around to Hear it…[Trade Rumors]
It looks like the Bulls are actively shopping Tyrus Thomas to the Knicks in a potential trade. According to Yahoo Sports, the deal would look something like this:
For starters, multiple league executives believe the Chicago Bulls’ shopping of forward Tyrus Thomas(notes) could result with him moving sooner than later. As Thomas has rehabbed a broken forearm, the Bulls have had discussions with several teams, but perhaps none as serious as the ongoing dialogue general manager Gar Forman has had with New York Knicks president Donnie Walsh.
This is one of those odd deals where pretty much any reaction you had to the news was probably an overreaction. If you are one of the people that won’t shut up about this being Thomas’s “breakout season”, then you are disappointed in this deal. You also have a pretty short memory, since we have lived through a few of his “breakout” seasons. Do you see my point? He is not going to break out. Not as a Bull at least. So don’t worry about whether we are losing someone who could “end up being pretty good”. I’m not really in the mood to wait around on another one of those guys any longer (Tyson Chandler, anyone?).
The other side of this whole thing is the thinking that Tyrus was garbage and the Bulls weren’t going to give him the qualifying offer at the end of the season anyways. If you think this way you might be excited that at least we are getting some talent in exchange for him. Well don’t go buying your Al Harrington jerseys yet, people. Harrington’s $10 million dollar contract expires at the end of the season, and the cap room from that will probably not be used to resign him (we are using it for Wade, Bosh, James, etc…I hope).
So the point is, don’t get too excited about this trade. It will be nice to have the frontcourt help for the remainder of the season, but Harrington is basically a rental in a year where our main goal is to sneak into the playoffs as an 8th or maybe a 7th seed. On the bright side, at least I won’t have to read any more sentences with the words “Tyrus Thomas” and “upside” in them. Those were getting pretty annoying.