Portland has joined San Antonio, Denver, Charlotte, and Sacramento in the pursuit of Tyrus Thomas, with one person familiar with the situation characterizing the Blazers as "close" to finding a workable scenario. Rival execs have contradicted that account, saying the Bulls are telling them they need to sweeten their offers. Chicago is seeking a quality draft pick in addition to cap relief. Denver and Charlotte have conditional 2010 second-round picks from previous trades, and Denver also could offer a second-round pick that can be swapped with the Clippers.http://ken-berger.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/11838893/20035997 Portland is now in the mix of T.T. Fernandez and Outlaw for Tyrus works straight-up...how ironic would it be to see Tyrus in Portland?