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Monday, July 26, 2010
Kurt Thomas: Tracy McGrady could help

ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- The newest Bull in an offseason of change would like to see Tracy McGrady follow him to Chicago.

Kurt Thomas, whose signing was officially announced by the Bulls on Monday, said the two-time scoring champion would be a good fit in Chicago.

"If he has taken the time to really let his body heal, that's the key," Thomas said Monday on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN 1000. "The problem with me early in my career when I was injured, I was rushing back. I think he's been able to really rest his body and let his body heal. He has enough talent. He's shown it over the years, and I'm pretty sure he has enough left in the tank to help us."

McGrady worked out for the Bulls on Monday and later declared Chicago his top choice.

If McGrady lands in Chicago it would give the young Bulls another veteran presence to go with Thomas, 37, who is entering his 16th NBA season. He spent last season with the Milwaukee Bucks, playing 70 games and averaging three points and 4.2 rebounds in 15 minutes a game.

The Bulls are Thomas' eighth NBA team, and he is on pace to play in his 1,000th career game this season. It's that kind of experience the Bulls are hoping will help make up for the loss of Brad Miller, who signed with the Houston Rockets.

Thomas has no problem being a mentor for young players such as Joakim Noah.

"I'm going to try to be there for [Noah] whenever I can," Thomas said. "If he ever has something he wants to bounce off of me, I want to be there and have an open ear for him, listen to him and hopefully have an answer for him."

Thomas spent seven season with the New York Knicks and knows what's in store for the Bulls with Tom Thibodeau, who was a Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy during that time.

"I know how much time he is willing to put in on and off the court to help the team win," Thomas said. "I definitely feel like with him being at the top of the helm right now he's going to put in even more time."