Thomas has spent the last two years with New York as added depth at the forward positions, and that's exactly what he'll continue to provide as he plays behind Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis. Over 22.3 minutes per game last season, the 28-year-old averaged 8.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.9 assists, although his season was cut short after a late-season knee injury.
Interim coach Kurt Rambis acknowledged Monday that Lance Thomas (knee) is likely done for the season, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports. "I don't anticipate him being back," Rambis said of Thomas. "He's made some progress, but it's not at the pace that would indicate he's going to be back."
Thomas has been out since March 8 after spraining his ankle while warming up for a game, and until recently, hadn't been showing much improvement with his recovery. The 27-year-old has been a reliable rotation member off the bench this season with averages of a career-high 8.2 points to go along with 2.2 boards and 0.9 assists while shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range over 59 appearances. Thomas will be a free agent in the offseason, and the New York Knicks seem to have at least some interest in retaining his services if the price is right.
Lance Thomas (knee) may not return to the court before the end of the season, Marc Berman of the New York Post reports.
Thomas has been able to resume running, but he's still not cutting and has yet to return to full-contact practice. The forward has been out since March 5, and with a little over two weeks remaining in the season, the non-contending New York Knicks may just opt to shut him down and have Thomas focus on entering the offseason healthy. Thomas is slated to become a free agent this summer, and it's not clear if the Knicks have an desire to retain him as the top backup to Carmelo Anthony.
Thomas continues to nurse a mildly sprained MCL and remained on the sideline while the rest of the team went full contact. The forward has already missed the last seven games, and his lack of participation Tuesday would appear to foreshadow another absence Wednesday against the Bulls, though the team hasn't officially ruled him out.
Lance Thomas (knee) is officially out for Sunday's game against the Kings, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.
Thomas, the backup small forward behind Carmelo Anthony (head) is out for Sunday's game, and could be on a longer timeline to return. Although it was found that there was no structural damage done to his knee, it seems that the New York Knicks are using precaution in bringing him back so quickly. In his absence, look for Derrick Williams and Arron Afflalo to see an uptick in playing time.
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