As much for that performance as the fact Brad
Miller left via free agency to Houston, Thomas now is a Bull, agreeing
to a two-year deal late Thursday, a league source confirmed. Sam Smith
of Bulls.com first reported the agreement. The Tribune previously had
reported the Bulls' interest in Thomas.
Thomas, 38, is a 14-year veteran
who long has been known as one of the league's top citizens. He can
also still play -- as his playoff performance indicated.
Thomas is a good citizen, a vet presence, and probably comfortable with an end of bench role. He's been a role player on some really good teams, and I think he's a good fit with the culture the Bulls are trying to breed.
Can't say I'm really psyched about him, as I think basketballwise there's not much left in the tank, especially next year. Still, the price is likely really low though, so there's little risk in the move.
It appears the Bulls followed their typical MO of filling up the end of the bench with good citizens rather than trying to maximize every ounce of talent. I don't fault them for that as the improved locker room chemistry probably helps more.