To that end, the Bobcats made a trade Tuesday to take on Ben Gordon's massive contract in order to also pick up a 2013 protected first-round draft pick that gradually loses protection and becomes unprotected in 2016.
Lee says that in return, the Bobcats are looking for multiple first-round picks in Thursday's draft, possibly from Cleveland. The Cavs hold the No. 4 and No. 24 picks.
Unfortunately for Charlotte, they won't find any team crazy enough to take back Thomas, even with that enticing No. 2 pick as part of the package. Not for what the Bobcats want in return.
Coming off the worst season of his career by far, Thomas is schedule to make around $26 million over the next three years. He's so undeserving of that type of money that his own coach threw the sentiment in his face.
Once an explosive finisher around the basket, Thomas shot below 50 percent last season at the rim, drastically down from the 66 percent mark he put up in 2011. He shot less than 37 percent from the field overall, and his true shooting percentage was the fifth-worst in the league among players who played 15-plus minutes a game for at least 30 games.
Thomas hasn't played in at least 55 games since the 2009 season and his minutes have decreased each of the past four seasons.
When you can't even crack 20 minutes a game for the worst team in NBA history, how valuable an asset can you possibly be? Add in a reputation as an unmotivated, injury-prone coach-killer and Thomas becomes practically untradeable.