Nov 4, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kurt Thomas (40) puts up a layup against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 100-84. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls tried to sign Kurt Thomas

Nov 4, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks forward Kurt Thomas (40) puts up a layup against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second half at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the game 100-84. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls have been very busy this week.

As they try to lock down home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, they have made several roster moves.

First, they signed guard Mike James, who will be playoff eligible.

They’ve also agreed to terms with big men Lou Amundson and Greg Smith, who was released by the Houston Rockets last week.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Bulls tried to lure veteran big man Kurt Thomas out of retirement before making their recent signings.

Sources told ESPN.com that the Bulls have been trying to convince Thomas, who’s now 41 and ranked as the NBA’s oldest player last season with the Knicks, to join them for the playoffs to lend some added know-how and toughness to their frontcourt rotation.

But Thomas has not played since last season and, according to sources, considers himself retired. The Dallas native and former TCU star was spotted last week at the American Airlines Center in his hometown to watch the Spurs and Mavs, two of his former teams, as a fan.

Thomas averaged 2.5 points and 2.3 rebounds per game for the Knicks last season.

Tags: Chicago Bulls Greg Smith Kurt Thomas Lou Amundson Ronnie Brewer

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