Feb 2, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas (12) drives against Houston Rockets power forward Marcus Morris (2) during the first quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

A useful Power Forward on the cheap?

Word out of Charlotte has it that the Bobcats will be offering a huge deal to scoring machine Al Jefferson, ex- of the Utah Jazz. As a consequence, insiders are saying that Tyrus Thomas will be amnestied in order to find the dough under the salary cap to actually pay Big Al. Thomas has never justified his draft selection as #4 in the dreadful 2006 crop. His best season was ’08-’09, in which he started 61 games and averaged 10+ PPG (points per game) for the Chicago Bulls. On those rare occasions when I’ve actually seen him play, he appeared a step slow for the NBA. However, the Toronto Raptors are hardly in a position to be picky about grabbing a player who can probably be signed for less than $2M, and can average 15 useful minutes a night backing up our interior players. Thomas won’t be 27 until next month, so he should have lots of tread on his tires.

Apr 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) shoots and Minnesota Timberwolves center Greg Stiemsma (34) defends in the fourth quarter at Target Center. The Jazz won 96-80. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This not the deal of a lifetime, Rapture nation. Tyrus Thomas is not going to turn into Tim Duncan. I certainly would give Quincy Acy every opportunity at camp and in pre-season to be the first power forward off the bench. But there are worse guys than Tyrus to have at the back of the rotation. I say sign him for a song (he’s already got his money from the Bobcats), and let’s see if he can help.




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