Bobcats acquire Tyrus Thomas from Bulls
February 18, 2010
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has acquired forward Tyrus Thomas from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Acie Law, Ronald "Flip" Murray and a future first-round draft pick.
The 6-10 Thomas is in his fourth NBA season after being selected by Portland with the fourth overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft and traded to Chicago on draft night. In 254 career games with the Bulls, Thomas averaged 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 0.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 23.4 minutes. Thomas posted career highs of 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.2 steals and 27.5 minutes in 79 games played last season.
This season, Thomas is averaging 8.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, 1.4 steals and 1.1 assists in 23.4 minutes in 29 games played. He missed 22 games from November 7-December 22 with a left radius fracture.
Thomas has also played in 17 career playoff games, averaging 6.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 blocks, 1.0 steal and 0.7 assists. He started all seven postseason games for the Bulls last season, averaging 9.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks, 1.0 steal and 0.9 assists against the Celtics.
A seven-year NBA veteran, Murray signed with the Bobcats as a free agent on September 25, 2009. In 46 games played this season, he has averaged 9.9 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.6 steals in 21.6 minutes.
Law was acquired by the Bobcats on November 16, 2009, along with Stephen Jackson, when Charlotte sent Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic to Golden State. Law, in his third NBA season, averaged 1.8 points and 0.3 assists in 3.7 minutes in nine games played for the Bobcats.
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