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Time to Trade Tyrus?

Why not, right? I mean, he’s provided next to nothing in the way of production so far this season while his body language has at times seemed to scream “disinterested!”. And everyone’s so tired of hearing about all this potential, even though they might’ve caught a slight glimpse of it last year. So what? What can you done for me lately, Tyrus?

I can understand why some of you may feel this way. It’s without a doubt frustrating to watch a player simply go through the motions, seemingly giving less than all he has out on the court. Even more so when your team paid him $40MM. Regardless of whether Tyrus is in the long-term plans of the team or not, I’m going to try and convince everyone why they should be cheering for him to succeed, versus clamoring for Jordan and Co. to ship him out of the Queen City – at least at this very moment.

Ever hear of the term, “sell high, buy low”? It’s what all those fancy Wall Street guys try and do every day on the job, whether it be trading stocks, bonds, you name it. However, the saying is applicable to pretty much any situation in which someone is looking to buy or sell something. Let’s take someone’s house for example, most often their largest and most important asset. Would someone look to put their house on the market upon finding out it’s infested with cockroaches and has a mold problem? Of course not. That would be the definition of selling low. The same can be said for trading Tyrus Thomas at this point in the season.

Virtually all players are assets, especially those which are not pillars for their respective organizations. Just like a stock, bond, or piece or real estate, a player’s value ebbs and flows based on his past performance (more weight given to recent) as well as his prospects for future improvement. Of course there are other factors that come into play as well – injury history, age, character, to name a few – but the player’s recent performance is what most often shapes the perception of the player, and in turn his current value. Tyrus’ recent performance, as I probably don’t have to remind you, has not been overwhelming. As Brett touched upon in his post, “Looking at Big Diversity”, Thomas has posted a PER of 7.27 so far this year, placing him 108th out of 114 qualifying “bigs”. Not to mention his early season injury concerns, which may or may not have contributed to his poor performance so far. Not what I would call strong selling points for prospective buyers.

If management has come to the decision that Thomas is not in the long-term plans of the team, they need to exercise some patience and wait for his play revert back to a level comparable to what has been seen out of him before. If they do so, they’ll likely find more trade partners and in turn reap a greater return.

With the draft selection of Bismack Biyombo and the emergence of both D.J. White and Byron Mullens, it’s become clear there’s a logjam at the forward position (if you view Mullens as more of a 4 than a 5, which I personally do). Someone needs to, and more than likely will be moved before the trade deadline. The intent of this post was not to convince Bobcats fans that Tyrus should not be the one to go, but rather not at this stage in the season. Not when he’s playing so poorly.

The NBA is a business, and you need to get the most in return for your assets as possible. Now is not that time.