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NBA Free Agency 2011: Kurt Thomas Signs With Portland Trail Blazers

Veteran forward Kurt Thomas decided to leave the Chicago Bulls and sign with the Portland Trail Blazers, though Bulls GM Gar Forman says the organization wanted him to return:

"Obviously, we wanted Kurt Thomas back, and we offered Kurt Thomas a contract," general manager Gar Forman said. "He was a big part of what we did a year ago. But Kurt Thomas had to evaluate the situation from his perspective and obviously he must have felt that Portland presented a better opportunity for him."

Thomas averaged 4.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game with Chicago last season. He received a two-year deal from Portland, though the second year is only partially guaranteed.

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