Tyrus Thomas is entering a pretty intense summer for him. His rookie contract is up after being traded to the Charlotte Bobcats, where he seemed to be more warmly received than he was with the Bulls, but still not a starter. The Bobcats could have failed to tender a qualifying offer, releasing him back into the wild.
Instead, via the Sports Network, they have elected to extend the qualifying offer to Thomas, making him a restricted free agent. The Bobcats can now match any offer extended to Thomas.
Thomas’ value is one of hot debate in NBA circles. His defensive numbers in terms of advanced stats are through the roof. Quite simply, teams score considerably less when he’s on the floor than when he’s not. He’s still got terrifyingly good athleticism, and if he could develop his jumper which he goes to too much, or a set of post-moves, preferably, he could vault into one of the top players in the league. Have I mentioned he’s only 23 (the same age as the Wolves’ fourth overall draft pick will be in July. KAHN!)?
But on the other hand, Thomas has clashed with every coach he’s had in his time in the NBA. His youth breeds immaturity, and he could use a swift kick in the butt, which Larry Brown has been effectively giving him. There are tons of teams with cap space this summer, so someone may take a run at him. But the Bobcats are probably the best place for him. And with their team still an amalgam of parts, they need him as well.