The Bulls sent Tyrus Thomas home from Tuesday morning's shootaround with flu-like symptoms.
What's more interesting is the backstory mentioned:
The incident comes on the heels of Thomas not playing the
entire fourth quarter of a close loss to the Heat in Miami on Sunday
and one day after the deadline passed for Thomas to receive a contract
The Tribune reported Monday
that Thomas also took exception to Del Negro singling him out for
failing to rotate defensively during a film session. Captain Lindsey
Hunter talked to Thomas in full view of teammates and coaches following
The implication here by putting these two things together is that this may be a quasi-disciplinarian issue. They're not suspending him, but they're finding an excuse for him to go away for the afternoon.
Personally, I think Tyrus has a point about not playing more. I'm not sure why he's getting such a quick hook in games, because he's playing much more effectively than Gibson so far while Gibson has had nearly similar playing time.
If Tyrus is unable to go (or the coaching staff is unwilling to let him), then my hope is that James Johnson gets the chance to play some meaningful minutes.