Chicago Bulls Fail to Lure Kurt Thomas Out of Retirement

By Wally Jacobs
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During the course of the 2013-14 NBA season, the Chicago Bulls made an abundance of significant and insignificant moves. They signed D.J. Augustin in mid-December and then traded away leading scorer Luol Deng for the contract of Andrew Bynum and picks. But even with all of the moves the Bulls have made during the year, most of their acquisitions occurred during the final weeks of the regular season.

On Apr. 3, the Bulls waived rookie forward Erik Murphy and then proceeded to sign former Bulls Ronnie Brewer and Mike James. With the roster at 14, the Bulls made another acquisition by signing Lou Amundson, another former Bull, on a 10-day contract last season. However, there was one more former member of the Bulls that the team could not sign: veteran Kurt Thomas.

According to, Bulls management tried to sign Thomas for the rest of the season after releasing Tornike Shengelia. Thomas, a 41-year-old power forward, retired from the NBA last season after 18 years in the league. He played with the Bulls in 2010-11 and averaged 4.1 PPG along with 5.8 RPG. The Bulls intended to sign Thomas as another veteran presence in the locker room. Instead, the team signed Greg Smith for the remainder of the season.

Smith, waived by the Houston Rockets on Apr.10, is not eligible for the postseason since he signed after the Mar. 1 deadline. However, it wouldn’t be hard to see the Bulls retaining the 23-year old forward for next season.

 Wally Jacobs is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @WJac1.

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