HoopsHype Tyrus Thomas rumors

January 17, 2011 Updates

Thomas caught New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor in the face with an elbow late in Saturday’s loss. He was assessed a flagrant foul, penalty two (the harsher penalty) and was ejected from the game. “It’s unfortunate he’s not going to be here, but he has to learn from it,’’ said Silas, who lost his top reserve. “If he does that, then it’s all worthwhile.’’ Charlotte Observer

January 4, 2011 Updates

That MRI showed no damage, so whether Jackson plays Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves is about his pain level. The team planned to drain fluid from Jackson's knee, which should give him quick relief from the discomfort he's feeling. Otherwise... Gerald Wallace (ankle) and Nazr Mohammed (knee bruise) are both expected to miss the Timberwolves game. Also, Tyrus Thomas missed practice Tuesday with tendinitis in his right knee, but is expected to play in Minnesota. Charlotte Observer

December 17, 2010 Updates
December 8, 2010 Updates

In case you were wondering why Tyrus Thomas didn’t play late, he suffered a left quadriceps injury that gave him a scare. But an examination suggested this is likely nothing serious. Charlotte Observer

October 21, 2010 Updates
September 18, 2010 Updates

Brown has been known to joke that Tyrus Thomas is his new Rasheed Wallace. By that Brown means he'll live with Thomas' quirks if in the balance he can develop all that talent. Case-in-point about Thomas' quirky, but intense, personality: Augustin overthrew him on a lob pass, and Thomas was a bit too emphatic in his reaction. But Thomas had the good sense on the way back downcourt to give Augustin a little hug that said, ''Didn't mean to overreact.'' Charlotte Observer

September 16, 2010 Updates

Power forward Tyrus Thomas looks in tremendous shape; looks like he's trimmed any spare weight over the summer (not that he ever looked chunky). Thomas made the best play I saw Wednesday, a look-away, one-handed pass out of the post to Walker, setting up an easy driving layup. Charlotte Observer

September 3, 2010 Updates
August 17, 2010 Updates

Tyrus Thomas has listed for sale a three-bedroom, 3.5-bath townhome at 32 Wellesley Circle in Northbrook for $499,900. Thomas bought the property in the Ivy Club of Northbrook subdivision for $598,000 in Jan. 2007 from fellow NBA player Jannero Pargo. The 2,426- square-foot townhome is part the Ivy Club of Northbrook development, which was built in 1998 in North Northbrook. Barry Newman of Century 21 M.B. Real Estate is the agent for the listing. BlockShopper.com

July 12, 2010 Updates

Tyrus Thomas made it official Monday, signing his five-year, $40 million contract. Nice quote from Thomas, explaining why he so quickly developed chemistry with coach Larry Brown: "He lets me be me and he is him, and there are no smoke screens between us.'' Charlotte Observer

July 9, 2010 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats have reached agreement with free-agent forward Tyrus Thomas on a five-year, $40 million contract, a league source told Y! Sports. Thomas’ agent Brian Elfus had serious talks with the New Jersey Nets, but his client ultimately decided to return to the Bobcats with the $8 million -a-year offer. New Jersey feared Charlotte would’ve tied up the Nets in free agency for the seven-day period in which the Bobcats could match the offer sheet. Yahoo! Sports

And just like that, Tyrus Thomas gets a five-year, $40 million contract from the Bobcats, with a 17.5 percent bonus up front. That means his first-year salary is $12 million, a chatty agent tells us. Nice work if you can get it. So the Nets are back to playing the field to find a power forward, mindful that their pursuit of Thomas was dubious at best – he is simply not close to being worth $40 million. Newark Star-Ledger

They backed out this morning – presumably – because it took this long to convince Avery Johnson that it would be a foolhardy investment: Face it, this kid had problems with Scott Skiles, he would have had some problems with A.J. The only reason a kinder, gentler, more nurturing Larry Brown got three good months out of him was by saying, “You’re three months away from the end of your NBA career – Chicago wasn’t going to pick up your option, they traded you here for a backup two-guard, and we’re not going to pick up your option either unless you shape up and grow up.” Newark Star-Ledger

Prepare for the possibility the New Jersey Nets sign power forward Tyrus Thomas to a front-loaded offer sheet that could make the Charlotte Bobcats blink. The Nets lost out on the big-name free agents and still have a ton of cap room. They were quite generous in their offer to small forward Travis Outlaw (five years and $35 million) and feel they need a ready-to-play power forward, so as not to depend right away on rookie Derrick Favors. The Nets have expressed interest in Thomas, the Bobcats' restricted free agent. With the Bobcats determined to avoid the luxury tax, it's conceivable they wouldn't match a front-loaded offer sheet, which would be most expensive the first season, then decrease in value each remaining year of the deal. Charlotte Observer

July 8, 2010 Updates

Unless something is eluding us, there is no option right now other than Tyrus Thomas, which is not much of an option. The Nets have no chance at Luis Scola. Somebody already called Daryl Moray and he told them as much: Pitch him a front-loaded offer sheet at your own peril, he said. We’ll tie you up for a week, and you’ll end up with nothing. They have virtually no chance at Udonis Haslem. “A potential shot,” someone in the organization says, but someone is going to overspend like crazy for him ($9M per? $10M per?) because he’s the only unrestricted left. Newark Star-Ledger

The Bobcats are in serious talks to offer either Luis Scola or Tyrus Thomas a contract. Both are restricted free agents and Berger says that Houston owner Leslie Alexander is determined to match any offer on Scola. CBSSports.com

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