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Tim Thomas
Tim Thomas
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Born: 02/26/77
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Tim Thomas was waived Tuesday by the Dallas Mavericks, but says he isn’t retiring from the NBA and hopes to be back for the 2011-12 season. “I’m definitely planning on being back next year,” Thomas, a Paterson, N.J. native who spent one year at Villanova, said Wednesday by phone. “The situation is that my wife [Tricia] has a few things that she has to take care of. Just the timing was bad. I don’t want people to think she’s on her deathbed or anything like that. She had some things to take care of and she just wanted me to be home [in Los Angeles] when she had to go through them.”
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Many NBA players lose sight of that during their careers, putting stardom atop their priority list. That’s not the case for Tim Thomas, who has decided to walk away from the game to care for his ailing wife (undisclosed illness) and three daughters. “Playing the game of basketball is what I love to do, but it’s really time-consuming,” Thomas said. “Being a husband and a father is really my first job. I’m not saying that I’m done, but if this is it for me then so be it.”
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Because of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the organization’s loyalty to the Thomas family during this tough time, Thomas wanted to make sure that he did not leave the team once again in the middle of the season, should their be a setback in his wife’s condition. Instead, he chose to make an exit before the beginning of training camp. “I wanted to do it before training camp just so both sides didn’t have that question mark, ‘Is Tim gonna be here or not?’ I had recent conversations with Cuban and it was all positive. He told me that he was praying for my family. The same goes for the fans, the coaching staff and my former teammates. I really appreciate it,” Thomas explained.
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The two sides agreed on the same contract Thomas signed last summer — a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum ($1.35 million). Whether more money was out there, Thomas wasn’t about to chase it. There was unfinished business and the chance to repay a debt in Dallas. Loyalty won out. “That’s the right word — loyalty,” he said. “Everything I went through, the organization was just great. From being hurt and having surgery to my wife’s health, they were just great. From the basketball side of it, they know what I’m capable of doing if I’m healthy and they know also I just want to sacrifice for the team. I just want to win. That’s the bottom line.” The Mavericks are just glad to get Thomas back. “We knew it was tough on Tim and his family last year,” owner Mark Cuban said. “Our policy is that family always comes first. So we certainly were trying to offer any help we could and to stay on top of the situation. With the new season getting ready to get started, we are excited to have Tim back. His size and ability to stretch the court will be a big help to us.”
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The start-and-stop Mavs career of backup power forward Tim Thomas is starting again, the 33-year-old having finalized a one-year contract worth the vet’s-minimum $1.34 million after passing his physical. The delay in getting this nailed down apparently had nothing to do with that physical exam; it’s been such a formality that Thomas isn’t even in town yet; we’re told he’s shopping for real estate in the Philadelphia area. But it nevertheless brings up a question: Because Thomas hasn’t stepped on an NBA court since February, how’s his conditioning? How ready is he to play? “We think there is good news there,’’ Mavs GM Donnie Nelson tells FOXSportsSouthwest.com.
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Nelson says that positive news is that Thomas’ absence – due to him tending to his ill wife, Tricia, and their three children – did not preclude the 6-10, 250-pound veteran from staying in shape. “One advantage of a veteran like that,’’ Nelson says, “is that he knows his body. Tim knows his body, knows how to take care of it, knows what it can do. There might be a little rust, but that can be the case with all the guys going to camp. So it’s not an issue with Tim.’’
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Tim Thomas took his physical Thursday for the Dallas Mavericks, but he’ll have to wait for test results to come back after the weekend before he can sign his verbally agreed to one-year deal. While it was expected Thomas would sign the contract for the veteran’s minimum of $1.35 million this week, Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Friday not to read anything into the delay. “Normal stuff. Tests coming back/weekend,” Nelson wrote in a text message.
via ESPN.com
Power forward Tim Thomas will visit the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday and the sides are expected to reach an agreement on a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum his agent, Bob Myers, said Monday. Thomas, 33, played just 18 games with the Mavs last season before leaving the team to be with his ailing wife. He never disclosed his wife’s illness, but she is apparently doing well enough for Thomas to return to the league. Both sides handled last season’s situation in good faith and want to continue the relationship. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein first reported in late July that Thomas and the Mavs were working on a deal. “If all goes well, we’ll reach an agreement,” Myers said Monday.
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The 6-foot-10, 250-pound Thomas, who signed a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $1.3 million last season, wants to play “two or three” more seasons in the NBA and would prefer a two-year deal. “The most important thing for me at this point, at my age and [going on] 14 years in the league, is to put myself in a situation where I have a chance to win a championship,” Thomas, 33, said. “Dallas is that type of situation.”
via Bergen Record
Tim Thomas’ first season in Dallas didn’t proceed as planned, but the Paterson native said Thursday he expects to play for the Mavericks again next season. Thomas, a free agent, anticipates signing a contract sometime next month. Mavericks’ executives have expressed interest in Thomas’ return, and the veteran forward figures he’ll receive an offer for a one- or two-year deal from Mark Cuban’s team. Bob Myers, Thomas’ agent, has discussed Thomas’ return with the Mavericks’ brass in recent weeks.
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