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auffe34
07-01-2006, 06:13 PM
Turns out, Tim Thomas wasn't as taken with the Suns as he claimed he was. 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.

http://www.eastvalleytribune.com/index.php?sty=68843

auffe34
07-01-2006, 06:14 PM
Sorry. Already posted.

DNNF
07-01-2006, 08:00 PM
Thomas's career will be over in LA within 1 year. He only can shine in the run and gun offense of the Suns. Bad decision.

nashtymavsfan13
07-01-2006, 08:29 PM
Yeah, this was already posted, and I think this is a bad decision too.

birdsanctuary
07-01-2006, 08:38 PM
Great choice, Tim you and Sterling deserve each other...

Scott McGuire
07-02-2006, 12:55 AM
I very much like Tim Thomas on their team instead of Rad-Man. Thomas has become quite the jump shooter.

I also like it because the Suns just lost there best big man shooter.

I actually think this really hurts there ability to make us play their way. With Boris Amare Marion and Kurt, they only have one who can shoot Three and he (Marion) can't even creat his own shot the way Thomas could.

I know the Mavs don't like him from playing him in the playoffs, but I would certainly have LOVED Thomas as the backup for Dirk.

birdsanctuary
07-02-2006, 01:13 AM
Damn, Scott you've already doubled your yearly output on this forum... Better take it easy man...

Scott McGuire
07-02-2006, 01:29 AM
I guess with this post I am now averaging 3/year. I guess I always just liked to read, but now feel like giving my own input.

nashtymavsfan13
07-02-2006, 01:37 AM
Good to see you finally posting :)

Time to change your sig? ;)