Tyrus Thomas Wants To Remain In Charlotte
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If Tyrus Thomas gets his way, the impending restricted free agent will stay in Charlotte.
Thomas said Tuesday that he wants to sign a long-term deal with the Bobcats, who acquired him from Chicago in a trade deadline deal in February.
"Most definitely, that's my goal," Thomas said by phone from Washington where he was to receive a public service award. "We'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks."
General manager Rod Higgins said earlier this month that they'll likely offer the 6-foot-10 power forward a one-year qualifying offer worth a little over $6 million to make him a restricted free agent.
"When we traded for him, he's a guy that we envisioned going long-term with," Higgins said.
Whether the Bobcats and Thomas can agree to a long-term deal after July 1 is uncertain. But Thomas seemed energized with being paired with demanding coach Larry Brown after ups and downs in Chicago.
The No. 4 overall pick in the 2006 draft was suspended twice by the Bulls for conduct detrimental to the team and had been criticized for not reaching his potential.
That didn't deter Brown from pushing for the deal that sent Flip Murray, Acie Law and a future first-round pick to the Bulls.
Thomas averaged 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 25 regular-season games with Charlotte and provided an athletic shot-blocker the team had been missing. Thomas closed the season with 21 points and nine rebounds in a loss to Orlando that completed the Magic's first-round playoff sweep.
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