While urging the need to move forward, Del Negro spoke volumes for the
fourth-year forward. He didn't even guarantee Thomas will be ahead of
Development League signee Chris Richard in Tuesday's rotation against
"It depends on matchups and what we need out there," Del Negro said.
"Chris gave us a nice boost (Saturday). He's physical inside. He's a
big, strong body. He's pretty familiar with our stuff. He got us some
offensive rebounds and we converted on them, which was nice."
In terms of NBA ability, there's no contest between Chris Richard and Tyrus Thomas regardless of what you need out there.
The fact that Tyrus has fallen down so low is a Tyrus problem. It's a problem of personalities. It's a problem of a personal nature. Tyrus also has no one to blame for this but himself. The team has bent over backwards trying to get him to play the way they want. His personal coaches have preached the same thing.
Tyrus has ignored it all in order to attempt to fulfill his dream playing as a SF ignoring his strengths and emphasizing his weaknesses. He's remained lazy on the court, rarely hustling back on defense or leaking out on offense. He's never been able to consistently do all the things he's fully capable of doing to become a consistent positive force in the NBA.
On top of the lack of consistency in effort, focus, and following the game plan, the guy has been a jerk to virtually everyone around him with the exception of the charities he works for. How a guy can be so giving with kids and such a moron around everyone he works with is sort of beyond me, but just call it one more mystery in the enigma that is Tyrus Thomas.
The Bulls have been trying to cut bait with him for over a year without finding a meaningful return. They likely won't get much at the deadline either, but it appears that he's fallen out of the rotation enough to simply trade him just to get rid of the attitude at this point.
So in the mean time, here's a list of things I don't feel like reading that I guarantee someone will write anyway:
The Bulls have to trade Tyrus Thomas now, so they don't let him and Ben Gordon walk for nothing in consecutive years. The Bulls aren't going to bring back long term salary for Tyrus because they want cap room next year. Tyrus is going to leave for nothing, whether it's at the deadline or in the off season is somewhat irrelevant isn't it?
The Bulls need to trade Tyrus Thomas in order to clear up cap space to bring in two max FAs next year. Trading Tyrus doesn't clear up any cap space. The Bulls don't need to tender him anything next summer, and he's not on the books for next year as of right now.
The Bulls need to trade Tyrus Thomas to the western conference or out of the division. Trust me, no one is worried about Tyrus coming back to bite them in the ass.