Bulls release Thomas

Bulls release Thomas

Posted by mikemcgraw on Tue, 07/23/2013 - 13:09

The Bulls released power forward Malcolm Thomas on Tuesday. I know some fans don't like the decision because Thomas played well in summer league, but this really isn't a significant move.

When they brought in Thomas late last season, they added a nonguaranteed year onto the contract. This is standard procedure in the NBA, because it gives a team another trading chip that can help make a deal work. It's possible the Bulls had to waive him by this date to avoid further payment.

The Bulls have 12 players under contract. They don't have to add a 13th player, but three of their guys are very young (rookies Tony Snell and Erik Murphy, along with 2nd year point guard Marquis Teague), so they'll probably try to do some bargain shopping and see if a decent veteran is willing to sign for the minimum salary.

The Bulls are reportedly one of three teams under consideration by veteran center Marcus Camby, along with Houston and Miami. He expects to make a decision within a week. The Rockets are thought to be a favorite, but Camby does have ties with Tom Thibodeau from their days together in New York.

There are other good players still available, such as former Bulls guard Ronnie Brewer, so we'll see what happens. Chances are, they could always bring back Thomas at a later date.

As far as Thomas' NBA prospects, he's got some talent, but at 6-9, he's a little undersized and underweight for an NBA big man. He could use some facing the basket scoring skills and a little more bulk to help with rebounding.

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