There is really no such thing as bad news in Charlotte — not after what happened last season.
But they still need their highest-paid players to perform, and that won’t be happening for the next two months after the team announced Monday that forward Tyrus Thomas is expected to miss approximately two months after an MRI revealed a second-degree strain of his left calf muscle and a tear of the plantaris muscle, a smaller muscle that assists the calf in plantar flexing the ankle.
No surgery will be needed for the injury, which Thomas suffered during Saturday night’s game against Memphis.
In eight games played this season, Thomas is averaging 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game for the 4-4 ‘Cats.
A little Thomas history: He played in 4 games with chicago to start the 2009 season; however he fractured his forearm during workouts on November 6, putting him out for 4–6 weeks. Thomas was replaced in the starting lineup by then-rookie Taj Gibson. On February 18, 2010, he was traded to the Bobcats for Ronald “Flip” Murray, Acie Law, and a future first round draft pick.
That pick still belongs to the Bulls, and it becomes unprotected in 2016.