So I was browsing going through the user comments, replying to all of your good points, when one comment struck me: "This is our last chance to find out about Tyrus Thomas".
I don't think management believes that's true. I think they believe they've already found out, and they don't like what they've found, don't want what they've found, and have been desperately trying to replace what they've found with something else for two years.
I've already pointed out that it seems nearly impossible for Tyrus to come back to the Bulls next summer. Much like the Gordon situation a year ago, it seems a foregone conclusion that Tyrus will leave. Fans forgot that for a few minutes in the midst of a great playoff run, but Gordon surely didn't forget that Chicago pissed on him during negotiations a year ago, and neither side made any effort to stay with each other [no fault either way, an amicable divorce so to speak].
Well Tyrus is in a similar boat, and some fans haven't seemed to realize it yet. Perhaps you're a Tyrus fan in the way I was a Gordon fan, blinded by your hopes that things can work out still. They can't. They won't. Tyrus is gone. Let's look at the evidence.
First, the Bulls have tried to trade him for the past two seasons without finding any takers. At the very least, it shows they were willing to move him even if we don't know what kind of demands they had in the return on him. Guys you want to keep, you aren't putting on the trade block every year.
Next, the Bulls need to renounce all their FAs to have maximum cap room in 2010. They could give Tyrus a QO and revoke it without his permission up until July 23rds. Whether they do that remains to be seen, because the QO may be worth more money than the first year of any other contract Tyrus has. My bet is that they are so uninterested that they don't even bother offering the QO up front to eliminate the chance that he immediately signs it and screws up their FA plan.
They'd lose matching rights by not offering a QO, but they could still bid on him if everything fell apart with their cap space. However, I can't imagine any scenario like that happening? Can you?
If you accept that Tyrus isn't coming back, isn't it time to move past the "have to play Tyrus" mantra? I've been pushing it for a long time, so this is a reversal of sorts. I thought Tyrus is simply a much better player than Gibson, much like Gordon was much better than Hinrich/Sefolosha last year and needed to play.
However, recently, Tyrus really hasn't been much better than Gibson. Gibson is giving the team consistent effort and hustle, and while his peaks aren't as high as Tyrus's peaks, his lows certainly aren't as low either. I'd absolutely ride out Tyrus in a game where he's giving me great energy and playing well, but Gibson has quietly improved his rebounding and is becoming more confident and versatile on offense.
If Gibson's the guy who's going to be here in some capacity next season [and we know he is] then shouldn't we start giving the benefit of the doubt on playing time to him without killing the coaching staff?
This isn't to say we need to bury Tyrus. We don't. We need to play him when he's playing well and use him as best he can be used. However, it's time to end any thought of developing him or seeing what he has. That ship has sailed.
Tyrus is just a stand in, much like Gordon a year ago.