The Charlotte Bobcats have the worst record in the NBA so far at 13-47 and the team seems destined for another top-five pick in the NBA draft. The team has a decent roster, but it is clear that Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will not be enough to get the team to the playoffs. One player that has been such a burden for this team is forward Tyrus Thomas.
Thomas has only played in 20 games this season and has averaged an ineffective 4.8 points per game to go along with 2.8 rebounds per game. Recently, Bobcats president of basketball operation Michael Higgins said that he should not join the team’s four-game road trip. Higgins’ reasoning behind Thomas staying in Charlotte is so he can do some physical rehabilitation and on-court work.
It does not take a rocket scientist to read between the lines of what Higgins is doing. The Bobcats organization is beginning the process of transitioning Thomas out of Charlotte and he is a prime candidate for the amnesty provision next season. Thomas has not panned out in Charlotte since he came to the Bobcats in 2009 and has dramatically fallen out of the rotation this season.
Furthermore, the former number four overall pick has not lived up to his hype or potential. Chicago Bulls fans will recall an athletic forward who could jump out of the gym and was a nice defensive force. However, after three and a half seasons with the Bulls, Thomas never progressed and the team knew it was time to trade him. Thomas’ downfall truly began with the Bobcats and since he is due $18 million over the next two seasons, it is time for the team to amnesty him.
I would be surprised if the Bobcats do not amnesty Thomas in the summer. The money the team would save could be used to sign another big man as they are in desperate need of talent in the front court. If the Bobcats do amnesty him, I am sure another team will go after him for a much cheaper price.
If motivated, Thomas could help a team because he is still a decent shot blocker and has some athletic ability. However, heshould not be expected to start again and will have to embrace a bench role with any other team.