Blazers still interested in Tyrus Thomas?

Via Ken Berger at CBS Sports:

After acquiring Marcus Camby from the Clippers for Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw and cash, the Trail Blazers may just be getting started. A person familiar with the team’s thinking told that Portland remains active in trade discussions and has targeted Tyrus Thomas in a secretive bid to acquire a second frontcourt player for the stretch run.

The Blazers have kept in close contact with Bulls officials regarding Thomas, and the acquisition of Camby has not dampened their interest, a source said. They may need a third team to facilitate a deal since they sent their two most significant expiring contracts to the Clippers for Camby.

Well now, that is interesting. I’ve already stated my position that acquiring Thomas on the cheap would be a great low-risk high-reward move and would make this a real A+ of a trade deadline. Thomas makes $4.7 million this season, and the only players making money in that area on Portland are Martell Webster and Greg Oden. Oden isn’t being traded, and Outlaw’s departure probably secures Webster’s spot at least for the time being, so, like Berger mentioned, the Blazers would need a third team to help match up contracts. My guess is, if the rumor is true, Pritchard is trying to take a stab at Thomas with a package of either Pendergraph or Cunningham with a draft pick and Juwan Howard, with the hopes that Howard would then be bought out and could return. Doesn’t seem likely, but it would be very much worth the effort in bringing in another team.

Tags: Blazers Bulls Chicago Marcus Camby Nba Trade Rumors Portland Tyrus Thomas

  • Natsthecat (MaryJoelle)

    I think that Cunningham is here to stay. At least I hope so. Hmmm…have heard Tyrus is kind of a head case BUT..this may be due to circumstances with the Bulls. I read that Thomas has been jerked around quite a bit. So hey if the guy has talent and can be used…give him a chance.
    Juwan would have to stay. I really don’t want to lose him AT ALL.

  • Coup

    I’m pretty sure the Blazers would want Juwan to be assured of a buy-out wherever he might go, though Chicago might be a little too cheap to do that. Given that the Blazers have said they want to keep him around the team even after his career, I imagine they don’t want to lose him either.