NBA Free Agents 2010: Kurt Thomas Is the Chicago Bulls’ Biggest Steal

July 23rd, 2010 by Brian Chappatta Leave a reply »
Kurt Thomas is not the type of player many teams had on top of their free-agency wish lists this offseason.

Yet he's the type of player every team wishes they had.

The 15-year journeyman has a physical and mental toughness about him on the basketball court that can't be taught, only observed.

That's what makes him the steal of the offseason, especially for the Chicago Bulls.

Think about it: The Bulls have no true veteran player on their roster. Before agreeing to a deal with Thomas, Carlos Boozer was their oldest member at 28 years old.

Sure Boozer is similar to Thomas in strength and size. But he is still in the prime of his career. He's not at the point where he wants to spend his practice time teaching the younger players the nuances of the game.

As the fifth man in the front-court rotation, Thomas won't have a problem assuming that role.

That means Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, and particularly Omer Asik, can all learn what it takes to battle down low in the NBA for 15 years. 

Brad Miller assumed that role last year to some extent, though he was asked to contribute significantly mor ...

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