HoopsHype Kurt Thomas rumors

September 24, 2014 Updates

Kurt Thomas believes the J.R. Smith shoelace saga never would have happened last season if he and other veterans were on the roster. “I don’t think so, I don’t think that’s something that would happen,” Thomas said Monday night on Anthony Donahue’s Internet radio show on The Knicks Blog. “Especially if you have a veteran guy to pull him to the side, to get in his ear, to let him know the importance of him staying focused on the task at hand and that’s his job to go out there and to perform on the highest level.” ESPN.com

“When you have a bunch of young guys you don’t really see that much looking out for one another so it’s important to have veteran guys,” Thomas told Donahue. “... When you have someone like Jason, Rasheed, Marcus -- these are great guys that have a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge of the game and are willing to share it.” ESPN.com

April 14, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the Bulls have been trying to convince Thomas, who's now 41 and ranked as the NBA's oldest player last season with the Knicks, to join them for the playoffs to lend some added know-how and toughness to their frontcourt rotation. But Thomas has not played since last season and, according to sources, considers himself retired. The Dallas native and former TCU star was spotted last week at the American Airlines Center in his hometown to watch the Spurs and Mavs, two of his former teams, as a fan. ESPN.com

January 5, 2014 Updates

Kurt Thomas is considering a comeback, but it won’t be with the Knicks, his longtime agent Jerry Hicks said. Thomas, the 41-year-old power forward who lives in Dallas, has not officially retired after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot last March in his heroic Knicks performance in Salt Lake City against the Jazz. “If the right call comes, he’d come back,’’ Hicks told The Post. “He’d only play for a club that has a legitimate chance at winning a championship. Not the Knicks, I can tell you that.’’ New York Post

Asked why not the Knicks, who utilized his leadership last season, Hicks said bluntly, “Not the right situation. “He’s working out five days a week, keeping in excellent shape. His foot is 100 percent healed, has been for months. He hasn’t announced his retirement.’’ New York Post

January 4, 2014 Updates

Kurt Thomas is considering a comeback, but it won’t be with the Knicks, his longtime agent Jerry Hicks said. Thomas, the 41-year-old power forward who lives in Dallas, has not officially retired after suffering a stress fracture in his left foot last March in his heroic Knicks performance in Salt Lake City against the Jazz. “If the right call comes, he’d come back,’’ Hicks told The Post. “He’d only play for a club that has a legitimate chance at winning a championship. Not the Knicks, I can tell you that.’’ New York Post

November 30, 2013 Updates

It’s not only Kidd’s leadership that is missed, Anthony said. The Knicks had cagey veterans that made them the oldest club in NBA history last season. “That makeup of the team was different [last year],’’ said Anthony, who lost another homecoming game in Denver. “With J-Kidd, he was a leader in his own right. He wasn’t a vocal leader like a Rasheed [Wallace] or Kurt Thomas. He was leader by example on the court. His hard work, his play, everyone fed off that. And everyone led in their own way. Now we do miss that — J-Kidd, Kurt, Kurt and Rasheed. Last year as a team we were more synchronized than right now due to chemistry, due to having fun, due to just having one another’s back.’’ New York Post

November 29, 2013 Updates

But Anthony, and many in the Knicks' locker room, continue to speak with reverence about the influence Kidd, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas had last season. "I think now we do miss J-Kidd, Kurt and Rasheed," Anthony said. Newsday

September 23, 2013 Updates

Felton pointed to the elderly bench of Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, who fell apart in the playoffs, as part of the team’s ultimate undoing, getting KO’d in the second round by the Pacers. With training camp opening Monday, none of those players are back. Three of them have retired. “We’re a younger team this year,’’ Felton said at an Under Armour appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square. “Kurt Thomas, Rasheed, love them like brothers. [But] those guys were 38, 39, 40 years old. Once they got injuries, they’re out and it hurt us last year. We’ve added Metta [World Peace], [Andrea] Bargnani, Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e [Stoudemire] are coming back. Tim Hardaway [Jr.] looks great by the way. I’ve been most impressed with him. It gives us depth at that big spot and youth. Those guys are younger." New York Post

September 13, 2013 Updates
May 17, 2013 Updates

Thomas is recovering from right foot surgery and is two weeks from being off crutches. The 40-year-old is a free agent after the Knicks released him last month in order to add a player to the postseason roster. The move came three weeks after the veteran power forward, knowing he had a broken foot, started against the Utah Jazz and played his best game of the season. That victory sparked the Knicks’ season-altering 13-game winning streak. “I definitely miss being around the guys,” Thomas said over the telephone from his home in Dallas. “I miss being a part of the playoffs. And I just miss being around basketball. I love the game.” New York Daily News

April 22, 2013 Updates
April 13, 2013 Updates

Mike Woodson had nothing but positive things to say about Kurt Thomas, and said he had a job as a coach waiting for him – at least – if he wanted one. Thomas was waived to make room for Solomon Jones. “It’s a major loss,” Thomas said. “Kurt is a big part of what we started this season with. We had to let him go because he won’t be able to play in the playoffs. It frees up a roster spot. He and I are on the same page. If he ever wanted to coach, we probably would look at him next season once he gets back healthy.” Sulia

April 12, 2013 Updates

NY_KnicksPR: April 12, 2013 – EVP, Basketball Operations & GM Glen Grunwald announced today that the team has waived forward/center Kurt Thomas. Twitter

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