HoopsHype Kurt Thomas rumors

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The Bulls continue to express confidence they'll be able to re-sign veteran big man Kurt Thomas. And NBA.com reported they are one of four finalists for veteran Grant Hill, though Hill is widely expected to re-sign with the Suns. A source close to Hill said beyond the attraction of playing for a title contender in a defensive-minded system, Hill was impressed when Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf called him and his mother last April after a United Center fan cursed and spat at him following a game. Chicago Tribune

The Post has learned Knicks assistant GM Allan Houston spoke with Kurt Thomas yesterday and had “a good conversation.’’ The Bulls are interested in re-signing Thomas, and the Heat and Celtics are also involved. In the Knicks’ favor with Hill is the Suns are shifting into rebuilding mode, reportedly planning to waive Vince Carter. Hill may instead want the challenge of playing in New York for an Eastern Conference contender. New York Post

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The Knicks also like center Aaron Gray but feel he’ll likely accept a multi-year offer. The club is concerned Kurt Thomas prefers Chicago because the Bulls are perceived to be closer to winning a championship. New York Post

December 4, 2011 Updates

The Knicks would like to add another veteran defensive center to start and are waiting on the likes of Kurt Thomas, Aaron Gray and Jeff Foster. There has been a terrific amount of debate in the organization on Kwame Brown, but an NBA source says they’ve lost interest despite an initial push. New York Post

December 1, 2011 Updates

Warriors sources said they have evaluated all of those centers, but they may not have enough salary-cap space for one of the bigger-name guys. Even if they use the amnesty clause (which allows a team to cut a player without a salary cap hit) on Charlie Bell, they'll have about $10 million to parse between a center and a big guard - the team's top two offseason priorities. Of course, the Warriors would love to get in on the trade sweepstakes for Orlando center Dwight Howard, who is set to become a free agent in 2012. But Magic executives have shown no interest in the Warriors' offers, team sources said. That could leave the Warriors looking at second-tier centers from a second-tier free-agent class. Less than inspiring names like Jarron or Jason Collins, Joel Przybilla or Kurt Thomas might be the most realistic. San Francisco Chronicle

The Bulls continued Wednesday to cast a wide net, contacting representatives for Caron Butler, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Kurt Thomas, Jamal Crawford, Josh Howard, T.J. Ford, Keith Bogans and several others. Because no deals can be signed until Dec. 9, Wednesday marked a day for all teams to start gauging the market and seeing what options and interest exists. The Bulls appear to be attempting to upgrade at shooting guard while expressing interest in bringing Bogans back with his $1.73 million option, likely in a reserve role. Chicago Tribune

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Kurt Thomas, Kwame Brown, Aaron Gray, Tony Battie and Theo Ratliff also are on the Knicks’ wish list. But in this condensed free-agency period and camp, the club probably will re-sign Jared Jeffries, who knows the system well despite his lack of impact late last season. New York Post

Jerry Hicks, representative for free agent center Kurt Thomas, said his client is playing now solely to win a championship and feels the Bulls are closer to that goal than the Knicks. “Kurt thinks Chicago has the pieces to win a championship,’’ Hicks told The Post. “And that’s the only reason Kurt is still playing — to win a championship. The Bulls have those pieces. Are the Knicks there? Do they have all the pieces? I don’t know.’’ New York Post

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A source close to the situation told 1500 ESPN former Toronto Raptors head coach and current New Jersey Nets assistant Sam Mitchell would jump at the opening, although he'd be a long shot to get the job. ESPN.com

April 9, 2011 Updates

Ronnie Brewer laughed when pregame locker room talk shifted to Celtics forward Glen Davis' takedown of Kurt Thomas, who drew a technical foul Thursday for standing over and taunting Davis. "Somebody showed me a YouTube clip of Kurt and all it was all fights," Brewer said. "You don't want to mess with that guy." Thomas' 16-year run dates to a different era, when fights didn't always result in lengthy suspensions or hefty fines. "I feel I'm old school, so I definitely like when you're able to bang bodies," Thomas said. Chicago Tribune

March 31, 2011 Updates

Given how invaluable Kurt Thomas has been in his versatility to seamlessly plug into the lineup when injuries have occurred, do you see the Bulls re-signing him next year to fill a similar role? Tom Miller, Palatine Thomas first would have to decide to play. I've asked him about this and he said once he got to 10 years, he took his playing future summer by summer. He obviously still can play, but there's no guarantee he will. Then, I'd guess he'd be in a similar position as Brad Miller. The Bulls would've certainly re-signed Miller last summer (and thus, Thomas wouldn't have been here) if it had been for the right price. Instead, Houston made a surprisingly high offer and Miller jumped. If Thomas decided to play and the price was right, I could see it happening. Chicago Tribune

February 4, 2011 Updates

The question was about the relative lack of pounding his body has sustained throughout his 16-year NBA career and whether he thought perhaps that contributed to his longevity. "I definitely take a lot of pounding," the Bulls forward said. "I really sacrifice my body out there doing a lot of the banging, the fighting for position, taking charges, so there's pounding." "I meant, um, vertical pounding," I asked as diplomatically as possible. "From jumping? High?" Fortunately, Thomas, who's 6-foot-9, is not sensitive when it comes to his vertical challenges. Or any others. He laughed. "I've never been a high jumper, it's never been a big part of my game," he said. "It's something I wish I would've had, but all told, I haven't needed it to contribute. And as far as my playing longer because of it, I can agree with that." ESPN.com

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