First the Bulls signed a backup combo guard. Then they re-signed their backup-backup point guard. And now they’ve reached a contract settlement with Tim “The Human Coffee Break” Thomas. Exciting times in the Windy City folks…banner number seven here we come!
Okay. Sarcasm over. For now.
Thomas had one year remaining on his contract at $6,466,600, which was about $6,466,000 more than he was worth. Don’t get your hopes up or anything. This wasn’t the precursor to a major move. The Bulls bought out Timmy’s contract so they wouldn’t go over the luxury tax threshold after the Pargo and Hunter signings. With a front court that includes Joakim Noah, Tyrus Thomas, and Brad Miller as well as rookies James Johnson and Taj Gibson, the best Thomas could have hoped for was garbage minutes here or there. Ergo, he had become even less than useless.
I’m not sorry he’s gone. Tim Thomas isn’t exactly synonymous with winning. He is, however, synonymous with selfishness, laziness and horrific shot selection. Hopefully, this is the last we’ll see of him. Two stints in Chicago is about three stints too many.