Kurt Thomas is the NBA’s oldest player and he might just hold the title of slowest and most vertically challenged, too.
Yet, he’s precisely what the Knicks need.
According to a team source, the Knicks intend to make a run at
reacquiring Thomas this summer, or whenever the expected NBA lockout
ends. The veteran power forward is a free agent who spent last season
with the Chicago Bulls and has made it clear that he wants to play at
least one more season.
Thomas will likely decide between the Knicks and Bulls, although he remains hopeful that his hometown Dallas Mavericks will reach out to him as well. Thomas attended all three NBA Finals games in Dallas.
"I’m working out and staying in shape," Thomas, a Knick from 1999-2005, said over the telephone. "I definitely want to play again."
Thomas, who will turn 39 in October, has replaced the recently retired Shaquille O’Neal as the NBA’s oldest player. However, unlike Shaq, Thomas has proven that he can stay healthy and be productive.
Thomas appeared in 52 games and made 32 starts last season for a Bulls team that won a league-high 62 games. He was signed as insurance for Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer and ended up being a vital player for Chicago when the Bulls’ starting center and starting power forward, respectively, both missed significant time due to injury.