According to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to a 10-day contract with former Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas. Thomas, who hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season, was playing for the Iowa Energy of the NBA Developmental League before inking his deal. In two games for the Energy Thomas averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds.
During his seven NBA seasons with the Bulls and Bobcats, Thomas averaged 7.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Thomas was amnestied by the Bobcats, who are now the Hornets, after the 12-13 season. Thomas spoke to Spears in-depth about being waived by Charlotte and being away from the game for an extended period of time.
“The last two years I’ve just been miserable,” Thomas told Yahoo Sports on Friday morning. “I hate when people say, ‘You’re getting paid, so it’s cool.’ No, it’s not [expletive] cool. I’m [expletive] miserable sitting at home.
“I’m not broke. I’m not desperate for money. When playing basketball is what you love to do and you physically can’t do it and you still have that urge to do it, it’s tough.”
After I was amnestied, I felt I was left for dead, as far as the NBA world was concerned,” Thomas said.
Memphis will square off against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday at home. Thomas is expected to be available for the Grizzlies.