CHICAGO (AP) _ Tim Thomas was waived by the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday, clearing the way for the forward to possibly sign with a playoff contender.

Acquired from New York in the Eddy Curry trade in early October, Thomas never fit in with the Bulls. He averaged 4.3 points and 1.3 rebounds playing 10.7 minutes per game in three appearances, complained about his role and got sent home by the organization.

Thomas needed to be released by the end of Wednesday in order to be eligible to play in the postseason for another team. The Bulls were unable to trade Thomas, earning approximately $14 million in the final year of his contract, before last week's deadline.

Thomas has averaged 11.9 points and 4.0 rebounds since entering the NBA in 1997.