8 Difference-making players the Chicago Bulls signed past their prime

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Kurt Thomas, Chicago Bulls, Worst starters during the Derrick Rose era
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7. Kurt Thomas (2010)

The Chicago Bulls made waves during the free agency period of 2010 by nearly signing Dwyane Wade while ultimately signing Carlos Boozer. However, one other move that didn’t get as many headlines was the decision to sign Kurt Thomas to back both Joakim Noah and Boozer. I can’t imagine the Bulls believed they were going to get an in-his-prime Thomas, but this is certainly the type of move that you can’t help but question considering he was well beyond his prime when this decision was made.

Thomas did manage to start 37 games for the Bulls in 52 games (including seven in the postseason) played for the Bulls, but he was a far cry from the near double-double difference-maker that he was with the New York Knicks during the prime of his career. During that lone season with the Bulls, before moving on to sign with the Portland Trail Blazers the following season, Thomas averaged four points and six rebounds on 51 percent shooting from the field.

In a vacuum, I suppose Thomas played his role to a T for the Bulls. My question is, was Thomas at this point in his career truly the best option for the Bulls among the players available during that offseason?