Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas was told not to accompany the team on their four-game West Coast trip by team management. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Monday the front office felt Thomas’s time was better spent in Charlotte, doing some physical rehabilitation and individual on-court work, rather than be on the road with his team. Thomas, the Bobcats’ second-most expensive player this season at $8 million, has fallen out of the rotation entirely of late. Monday’s road game in Portland was the tenth straight game when Thomas was designated inactive and the 12th game in which he did not play. In fact, when the Bobcats acquired another power forward, Josh McRoberts, at the trade deadline, McRoberts was activated for his first game before he had participated in a Bobcats practice or shootaround. 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 of those guaranteed. It’s possible the Bobcats could use their one-time amnesty waiver on Thomas this summer. The Bobcats would still owe Thomas for the next two seasons, but those sums would not count against the team’s salary cap.
Bobcats told Tyrus Thomas not to travel on 4-game West Coast trip
Charlotte Observer | Mar 5