Tyrus Thomas gone…and Jannero Pargo soon to follow?

In the comments section of the my last post, I provided the following quick scouting report for new Bulls player Hakim Warrick: “Long and athletic…excellent leaper…a dunk waiting to happen…good shot blocker…perimeter game needs work…too skinny. Sound familiar?”

Yup. It’s a skill set eerily similar to the one belonging to Tyrus Thomas. So it would seem that, between rookie Taj Gibson and Warrick, Thomas would be, shall we say, very expendable.

According to ESPN the Magazine’s Ric Bucher: “Sources say [Thomas’] likeliest destination is Charlotte for Acie Law, Flip Murray and a protected future first-round pick. That frees Chicago to let disgruntled Jannero Pargo go and adds some off-the-bench scoring punch for Chicago. The deal for Milwaukee’s Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander for John Salmons replenishes Chicago’s front line. Warrick is only six pounds lighter than Thomas, which is probably about the weight of the chip Thomas has on his shoulder against coach Vinny del Negro.”

Well, it appears to be official. Barring something unforeseen, the Tyrus Thomas era in Chicago has come to a banner-less end.

And, in all honesty, it kind of had to happen, didn’t it?

Things simply weren’t going to work out between the Bulls and Thomas. Too much baggage. The good news is that Tyrus is going to get a fresh start, plenty of minutes and a fantastic coach in Larry Brown. The bad news is that, if things don’t go well for him in Charlotte, people might stop blaming his organization for his low basketball IQ and general lack of progress.

As for the Bulls, they lose Ty’s “limitless potential” — whatever that means at this point — and get back a couple more expiring contracts. That makes Four! Four more expiring contracts! Ah, ah, ah! All of which means Chicago will have some extra cash to play with next summer.

So…yay. I guess.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m cautiously excited about the potential of picking up a star or two next summer. But I’m not ready to start kicking dirt on this season. And, really, it doesn’t feel like the Bulls are getting any better through these trades. Maybe not any worse, but not really any better, either.

I can’t say I’m going to miss Tyrus. In another reality, and with a different attitude, he might have been able to play All-Star-level basketball in the Windy City. If that ever happens now, it will be for another team.

But I’m not all that worried about the possibility.

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56 Responses to Tyrus Thomas gone…and Jannero Pargo soon to follow?

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    chad February 21, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    i like warrick, i just dont like ronald mcdonald murray. charlotte wouldn’t have gave him to the bulls unless he was bad. getting tyrus is a risk because of his lack of consistency and attitude, so no one was willing to give anything good for him. murray has a terrible shooting percentage, i don’t think it’s worth playing him much. i liked acie law in college, but he hasn’t done anything in the nba. i don’t see the bulls giving him much of a chance to develop since rose will be playing most of the time, and pargo is playing more than he should be playing. so they will probably get rid of him at the end of the year to save a little money. i think he has more potential than pargo so i’d rather keep law next year than sign pargo or hunter or brown again. warrick is pretty good. tyrus was more fun and entertaining to watch. warrick is probably more consistent offensively, not sure about defensively though. being 4 years older than tyrus, warrick has probably reached the peek of his talent. tyrus has not reached his peek, and may never, but it’s possible he could. he is playing the same way that he did when the bulls gave him minutes, but a little better. still turning it over too much. but not afraid of getting benched, so being more aggressive and getting blocks and rebounds.

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    DJ February 22, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Chad I think you should recheck Flip Murray stats again because he is a solid all round Strong Guard that can hit big shoots and attack the basket at will. If I were the Bulls GM’s and I had the chance to resign 1 of my backup guard in my roster this year, it would be Flip Murray in a heart beat over J. Pargo, D. Brown, L. Hunter and Acie Law. Did you pay any attention of what Flip did in that game against the 76ers? He scored 12 pts, 2 ast, 3 rebounds 1 steal & 1 block shot. To me that is a solid all round game he had. O0o and last time I checked I heard that coach Larry Brown did not want to give up Flip Murray at 1st but, at the end he had no choice but to let him go to take their chances on Tyrus THomas. Another thing, only time will tell if Tyrus Thomas ever reaches his high potential in become an All Star player and if he does or not who care, by that time the Bulls will have their own PF Star.

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    DJ February 22, 2010 at 3:35 am #

    potential in becoming an All Star player and if he does or not who care, by that time the Bulls will have their own PF Star.*

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    bullsfan76 February 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    chad you keep saying tt has not reached his pot this is his what 4th or 5th year come on he is another tysion chandler thats all he is

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    bullsfan76 February 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    oh chad last year tt played 28 min a game and gave you 10.8 ppg thats not that good he makes allot of mistakes when he is out on the floor ty gibson a rookie has shown more poise as a rookie if tt starts making those mistakes you think an old school coach like brown isnt going to put him on the bench hell yes he will

  6. Anonymous February 22, 2010 at 8:18 pm #

    Didn’t we trade the rights to L Aldridge for Ty Thomas on draft day? Thomas has been nothing but “potential”. Look at the player Aldridge developed into in the same amount of time. Also we have a very special player in T Gibson who now gets more playing time and is already showing the benefits…

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