Bulls waive Malcolm Thomas, pursue Marcus Camby
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org July 23, 2013 7:23PM
New York Knicks' Marcus Camby (23) goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' David West (21) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Updated: July 23, 2013 8:24PM
Malcolm Thomas is out, Marcus Camby is in?
A source said Tuesday that waiving Thomas doesn’t make the Camby move imminent. But it gives the Bulls some roster flexibility as they try to round out the bench by adding another low-post presence.
The Bulls, who’ve offered Camby a minimum contract, are vying with several other teams, and the Rockets are the likely front-runners.
Camby, along with Nazr Mohammed, would give the Bulls more protection at the rim and a rebounding presence behind Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson.
Despite leading the summer league with 15 rebounds per game, Thomas (6-9, 225 pounds) was caught in a numbers game.
Thomas appeared in seven games last season for the Bulls, averaging 1.7 points in 5.1 minutes, and he went into the summer league knowing he was on display for the other 29 teams.
“I want to show that I can be a super-active player who brings energy and toughness,’’ Thomas said. “My whole career I’ve been told that I’m not strong enough, not tall enough, but my mental toughness and energy make up for whatever people think I don’t have.’’