November 2, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Tyrus Thomas (12) reacts after being called for a foul during the game against the Indiana Pacers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 90-89. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency 2013: Charlotte Bobcats Amnesty Tyrus Thomas

At one point not so long ago, the world was on the finger tips of Tyrus Thomas.

Selected fourth overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, Thomas was traded to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for LaMarcus Aldridge during a draft night trade but the former LSU star never lived up to his hype.

After averaging a career high 11 points in 2008-09, Thomas was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats where he’s remained since. The Bobcats, much like the Bulls before them, had high hopes for Thomas but he’s floundered and now is without an NBA team after the Bobcats decided to use their amnesty clause on the athletic power forward.

According to David Aldridge:

Bobcats will amnesty F Tyrus Thomas to create the room to sign Jefferson.

The amnesty clause is a one time provision in the CBA that allows teams to cut a player who signed a contract under the PREVIOUS CBA so they no longer count towards a teams salary cap. In short, a mulligan. The team is still required to pay the player his salary for the duration of the deal, but it no longer counts towards their salary cap.

Thomas will make $8.7 million this year, $9.3 the next, but those numbers will no longer haunt the Cats cap. The move was made so the Bobcats could sign Al Jefferson.

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