According to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski, the San Antonio Spurs are trying to offload Antonio McDyess in a last-ditch attempt to a) Rid them of his $4.9 million salary next season, and b) Nab Chicago Bulls malcontent Tyrus Thomas. From Yahoo:
The San Antonio Spurs are trying to unload Antonio McDyess and the remaining $7.5 million owed him after this season to possibly clear a way to make a trade for Chicago Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
The Spurs have been searching for expiring deals to move McDyess, who will make $4.9 million next season and is guaranteed about $2.6 million in 2011-12. Trading McDyess would free minutes and give them greater flexibility to re-sign Thomas this summer if they want. Thomas would give the Spurs a younger, more athletic complement to Tim Duncan, and could be part of a future frontline with former first-round pick Tiago Splitter and rookie DeJuan Blair.
In addition to MyDyess and as previous reported here, the Spurs are also looking to move Roger Mason, a guard with a modest salary and surprising value. McDyess is a different story, though. Who wants an aging big man with a lengthy injury history and a big salary?
Yahoo mentions the Denver Nuggets as potential suitors, but even that seems like a stretch. So are the Spurs technically contenders in the Tyrus Thomas sweepstakes? Yes. But moving McDyess would be a pretty big upset, even for a wizards like Spurs' GM RC Buford, and that makes the chances of Thomas landing in San Antonio even less likely.