It's all over the rumor mill in every major news outlet. The lie.
The story that the Bulls will trade Tyrus Thomas to free up cap space.
THE BULLS CAN'T FREE UP ANY CAP SPACE BY TRADING TYRUS THOMAS. HE HAS NO CAP HOLD NEXT YEAR. HE HAS NO VALUE ON OUR CAP NEXT YEAR UNLESS WE RESIGN HIM OR MAKE A QUALIFYING OFFER.
It must be difficult to understand because people from Yahoo sports to ESPN seem to keep repeating that the Bulls have a fear they must move Tyrus at the deadline to be players in 2010 or that moving him will help them bid for two free agents.
The Bulls want to move Tyrus because the guy is an ass hat, and they know they're not keeping him for the future. You know what? Sometimes you need to work with ass hats if they're good at their jobs.
Is Tyrus good at his job? Not as good as we'd hoped, but he's better at it than all of names coming back for him in rumors.
Look, I'm not championing Tyrus Thomas. In the words of the Hawk, "He gone.". However, if you're trading Tyrus for Balkman, Joe Graham and crap from Denver or Acie Law and Flip Murray from Charlotte [they don't actually have a pick], then what the hell is the point?
There are two reasons you trade Tyrus:
1) You get something that makes you better this year.
2) You get something that makes you better in the future.
Note: "You refuse to put on your big boy pants to deal with a guy you don't like." didn't appear on the list.
If the Bulls dump Tyrus because he went off on Vinny Del Negro even though it makes the team worse this season and doesn't bring in a useful asset next season then management isn't doing it's job.
If you've been watching then you may have noticed depth isn't exactly the Bulls greatest strength. Rose, Hinrich, Salmons, Deng, Tyrus, Gibson, Miller, Noah.
That's eight guys, no one else on the team has shown they can come close to playing at a level to belong in the eight man rotation. Of those eight guys, Noah and Gibson have plantar fasciitis.
That's right, of our four credible front court players, two of them have injuries that may bother them all season, one of them probably can't play more than 25 minutes a game night in and night out at a high level, and the Bulls are desperate to trade the other guy with none of the packages bringing back a credible front court player.
Doesn't that strike you as playing russian roulette with the season? If Joakim Noah can't go for an extended period of time your front court is Taj Gibson, Brad Miller, Chris Richard, and small ball.
Trade Tyrus if there's a good deal. If we're getting 1st round picks, a credible player back, or something useful then fine. However, his bad attitude will be gone in a year, and one of the biggest parts of this game as a coach or general manager is people management. They need to suck it up and deal with Tyrus if they can't find a good trade, because trading him simply to hope for addition by subtraction is idiotic given the Bulls present front court rotation.