View Full Version : Tim Thomas turns down the suns

07-01-2006, 05:47 PM
Dang it, I really thought he'd be a fit here.

Tim Thomas shuns Suns to stay with Clippers
By Jerry Brown, Tribune
July 1, 2006
Turns out, Tim Thomas wasn't as taken with the Suns as he claimed he was.

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Jumping at an opportunity to stay home in Los Angeles and grab and longer term deal for more money, NBA sources confirmed Saturday that Thomas will sign with the Clippers for four years at the mid-level exception, a deal that will be worth as much as $24 million.

For the second year in a row, the Suns failed to sign one of their own free agents that they felt would be a slam dunk. Last year, they wound up trading disgruntled guard Joe Johnson to Atlanta -- this time, they get nothing back for Thomas, who averaged 11 points a game in the regular season after joining Phoenix in last February and 15 points in the postseason, including a huge 3-pointer in Game 6 against the Lakers that allowed the Suns to stay alive and eventually reach the Western Conference Finals.

Sources say the Clippers offer was almost double the Suns best offer -- believed to be three years at or near $12 million, but the feeling was Thomas enjoyed his time in Phoenix so much that he would take less money to remain and make a run at an NBA championship.

Now, Phoenix goes to Plan B, and will try to sign as many as three veteran free agents with the money they were throwing at Thomas to sign a backup point guard, shooting guard and shot-blocking presence inside. Losing Tim Thomas also increases the likelihood that Kurt Thomas and James Jones will remain with the Suns, joining the new players that come aboard to back up the starting lineup of Steve Nash, Raja Bell, Shawn Marion, Boris Diaw and Amare Stoudemire.


07-01-2006, 05:50 PM
Stunning, but fine with me ^^

07-01-2006, 06:19 PM
If the Clippers keep Cassell, they wil have had a very nice off season.

I guess the Clipps will be passing on Vlad Radmonovic.

07-01-2006, 06:23 PM
The clips made offers to both Cassell and Radmanovic.


07-01-2006, 06:27 PM
Exactly why do the Clippers need to use the MLE? I have them about 9-10 mill under the cap?

07-01-2006, 08:23 PM
I'm surprised.

I don't worry about Phoenix finding someone new. There are always guys that want to play in that system.

07-01-2006, 08:27 PM
I'm surprised at this too. The Clipper are going to be really good next year if they are able to keep Cassell.