Skokie, IL 60076
Will Bulls deal Thomas?
a buyout??? I don't think so. A trade is more likely. expiring fat contracts can be dealt easily.While Skiles sounded confident about Gordon, he had no encouraging words for Tim Thomas, inactive for three of the four games on the West Coast trip. Thomas didn't sit on the bench for two of those games, and Skiles said he never glanced down the bench to notice.
Thomas, the Bulls' highest-paid player at $14 million in the last year of a contract, last week said a trade is in his future. The Bulls could negotiate a release, which would be costly, if they can't package him in a trade. Or they could do nothing, but they risk a price when it comes to intangibles like chemistry.
"To me it's a non-issue," Skiles said of Thomas' benching.
Thomas wasn't at practice Tuesday. Bulls spokesman Tim Hallam said it was because of a family matter.