Have you ever wondered how a player who’s been inconsistent and nothing more than potential became a multi-millionaire? In the third installment of #HowDidHeGetPaid, we examine the case of Tyrus Thomas.
Tyrus Thomas is due to receive $8 million dollars this season from the Charlotte Bobcats. This despite having played in only 18 games this season and averaging slightly less than 5 PPG, 3 RBG and 1 BPG. So how did he get paid?
Thomas was part on LSU team that made an improbable run to 2006 NCAA Final Four. His dominating and athletic performance during that year’s NCAA Tournament led the Portland TrailBlazers to drafting him 4th overall that summer. The Blazers then traded him to the Chicago Bulls for LaMarcus Aldridge. He showed some promise, more athleticism and potential in limited playing time with the Bulls, but not enough as Chicago traded him to the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2010 season. For the remainder of that year his 10 PPG, 6 RBG and blossoming potential were enough for the Bobcats to ink to a 5 year, $40 million contract. The hope from the Bobcats was that his athleticism would grow into a corner piece for the franchise.
Coach Mike Dunlap has called Tyrus’ effort this season inconsistent. Thomas is at risk of being amnestied this off-season and the Bobcats have gotten little return on their investment into his potential. And that’s how got paid.