Bobcats make Thomas a RFA with offer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats have made a one-year, $6.2 million qualifying offer to Tyrus Thomas, making the power forward a restricted free agent.

Friday's move will allow the Bobcats to match any offer Thomas gets from another team when free agency begins next week. Thomas said on Tuesday he wants to sign a long-term deal with the Bobcats.

The fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft by Chicago, Thomas was traded by the Bulls to the Bobcats in February in exchange for Ronald Murray, Acie Law and a future first-round pick.

Thomas averaged 10.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 25 games with Charlotte. He closed the season with 21 points and nine rebounds in a playoff loss to Orlando.