I don’t really know why but I really thought Kurt Thomas could have helped the Celtics out. Maybe it’s because he’s a tough-as-nails post defender. Maybe it’s because he wasn’t half-bad in Milwaukee last season. Maybe it’s because I’m delusional and love old geezers.
But it doesn’t matter anymore. Thomas is off the market. (ESPN)
The Chicago Bulls have agreed to terms with free-agent big man Kurt Thomas, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.
Thomas, a 15-year veteran, averaged three points and four rebounds last season for the Milwaukee Bucks. He will back up Joakim Noah, essentially replacing Brad Miller’s role on the roster. Thomas will undoubtedly serve as a mentor for Noah, as Miller did, and will help rookie center Omer Asik adjust to the NBA.
Another one of to top minimum-deal guys, Antoine Wright, is also gone. But I don’t know if he even signed a minimum deal, mostly because no major media outlet seems to even realize that Wright has been signed. Tim Cowlishaw first reported the news and I only realized it because Zach Lowe picked it up.
Neither Wright nor Kurt Thomas would have guaranteed a title, but they might have been nice pieces to add to the rotation. Oh well, who needs those scrubs anyway?