I've been reliably assured that Chicago's Tyrus Thomas, back at last from a forearm injury, remains highly available.
No trade partner has emerged for the enigmatic former No. 4 overall
pick, but moving Thomas before the deadline is still Chicago's
The Bulls drafted Taj Gibson at least partly because they saw him
as an ideal replacement for Thomas and they like the progress Gibson is
making as a starter.
Not just because Tyrus simply hasn't been that good in his career so far, but this is the least desirable he's going to be for a team wanting to take a chance on him. Even if you trade for Tyrus and he completely blows up and plays great you'll be facing a contract extension with him after the season left to wonder if he's going to keep it up or not.
He hasn't shown enough ability to definitely be good, and no matter how well he plays, there will be doubts about his ability to maintain that level leaving you to have to overpay him based on potential flashed over a two month period.
If he doesn't play great, then obviously he's not helping you any.
Oh yeah, and the Bulls won't take on any long term salary for him, and would want a player as good as Tyrus back.
The only type of trade that makes sense involving Tyrus is one where he's just one of several pieces going out for the Bulls to acquire a much better player. However, in such an event he won't be the main attraction, he'd have to be the filler.