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08:07 AM ET 03.05 | Charlotte power forward Tyrus Thomas may be falling out of favor in Charlotte. [Thomas] was told not to accompany the team on its four-game West Coast trip by team management. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Monday that the front office felt Thomas's time would be better spent in Charlotte, doing some physical rehabilitation and individual on-court work, rather than on the road with his team. ... The Bobcats have a considerable financial obligation to Thomas going forward -- $8.6 million for the 2013-14 season and $9.4 million for the 2014-15 season, both guaranteed. It's possible the Bobcats could use their one-time amnesty waiver on Thomas this summer.

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March 5, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Don't Spend All Your Money, Bro.

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March 5, 2013  08:47 AM ET
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Unless the guy is a locker room cancer....or you have a plan/guy in place to replace him and need the cap space....why amnesty him?Though he's overpaid, he's still a tradable chip that could be used to get someoneAt this stage, his ability is irrelevant..... he's a contract to be used to flip for someone

Jordan just got hit with a paternity suite so he has to get the money from somewhere... sorry Thomas your **** pays for the thryst!

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March 5, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Seems a bit unprofessional on the part of management to say don't join the team in it's little field trip.

March 5, 2013  11:39 AM ET
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Unless the guy is a locker room cancer....or you have a plan/guy in place to replace him and need the cap space....why amnesty him?Though he's overpaid, he's still a tradable chip that could be used to get someoneAt this stage, his ability is irrelevant..... he's a contract to be used to flip for someone

He did get into a scuffle with the ex coach but that was what last year lol. I don't think he is a tradeable peace. He has two years left. If he had one more year I would maybe agree with you. I am sure they tried shopping him already and I bet they found no takers. So you either pay him for nothing or you amnesty him and he has been injured and has some knee problems. They would rather pay him to stay home and be well below the salary cap next year.

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March 5, 2013  02:52 PM ET

It would be nice to be a malcontent, locker-room-cancer, benchwarmer and being paid $18M over the next 2 years. I think I could live with it.

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March 5, 2013  04:17 PM ET

Guaranteed contracts are a bad business model.

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March 5, 2013  04:53 PM ET
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they aren't close to the cap.and again- as I said- if there is a guy they target and they need his cap room....dump his lasy arse.- sometimes your garbage smells better to someone else or you may want some other teams garbage and you flip overpaid players- ala arenas for rashardAll I'm saying is that after all this time - with only 2 years left- why amnesty the guy if there is no benefit (and as I said he isn't a locker room cancer- if he is - sure...dump him)

Jgb,

If they were smart they have looked at this as well. According to what I found they are slightly over the cap hoopsworld.com. Although I think the cap is like 58Mill they are right near it at 57 million They are not well below the salary cap. They are not near luxury tax but they are right near the salary cap. Not many teams are willing to trade for a PF making 8Mill per with a 30%FG 5 ppg and for two years. You amnesty poor performing players that have no value via trade or that are hurt. What bad teams with cap room would be willing to take Thomas? I can't think of one example where it makes sense.

March 5, 2013  04:53 PM ET

They are right at the cap according numbers from hoopsworld.com. They are not near luxury tax level but they are right near the cap. Two years is plenty for a team with no immediate playoff aspirations. Who would take his contract on two years 5ppg 30%FG ~17Million lol? That will be the GM that is fired, nail in coffin for that team. The players that get amnesty are hurt, overpaid, and can't be traded. I am sure Charlotte shopped him because he is not vital to their future.

March 5, 2013  05:09 PM ET
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its not about wanting him- its about the other team wanting to unload a high paid player on the other team and needing a contract to give back that would match-Lets say AB totally pissed toronto off-- the contracts basically match- maybe MJ thinks AB can be used differently....if the guy isn't a cancer- and they aren't close to the cap-why would you pay the guy to either sit home or go elsewhere?- IMO...that makes no sense

JGB,

That is a lateral move that would make little sense for anyone picking up Thomas. You don't take back garbage just because a player is a cancer with multiple years bad knees and unproductive. If they recognize Bargnani is equivalent to Thomas why would Toronto make any move like that. We are talking two more years so this season and two additonal seasons

March 5, 2013  05:45 PM ET
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It would be nice to be a malcontent, locker-room-cancer, benchwarmer and being paid $18M over the next 2 years. I think I could live with it.

Hard to believe he was traded for Lamarcus Aldridge after the draft. The Bulls really screwed up.

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March 6, 2013  06:02 PM ET
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Jordan just got hit with a paternity suite so he has to get the money from somewhere... sorry Thomas your **** pays for the thryst!

Uh.....you do realize that even if he gets amnestied......the team still has to pay him......right? Only thing is that his salary (which is guaranteed) won't count against the salary cap.
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So.....there ya have it.

 
March 6, 2013  06:02 PM ET
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Hard to believe he was traded for Lamarcus Aldridge after the draft. The Bulls really screwed up.

Yes......they REALLY did!

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