Thomas is starting Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Celtics.
Carmelo Anthony is getting the night off for rest, so Thomas will enter the starting five and should have the opportunity for extended minutes Wednesday. With that said, once the regular season is here, Thomas will act as Anthony's backup at small forward, which will keep his minutes limited and off the fantasy radar on most nights.
Thomas (heel) returned to practice Sunday, Steve Popper of The Record reports.
Thomas has been been held out of practice since last Thursday, but after some additional time off for rest and recovery, it appears he was able to make a full recovery. The Knicks have another two days off before playing the Celtics on Wednesday, so there's a good chance Thomas will be on the floor for that outing. He'll slot back in as depth behind Carmelo Anthony at small forward.
Thomas (heel) did not practice on Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN reports.
This is the second consecutive practice that Thomas was held out for, and his status looks shaky at best for Saturday's preseason game against the Celtics. Should Thomas be held out of Saturday's contest, expect Justin Holiday to potentially see more minutes off the bench behind starting small forward Carmelo Anthony.
Thomas sat out of practice Thursday with a sore left heel, Al Iannazzone of Newsday Sports reports.
It's the first we've heard of the injury for Thomas, but he should have another couple of days off for rest before the Knicks play the Celtics on Saturday. With that said, it's entirely possible Thomas' sore heel could feel better by that point in time, so consider him questionable for that outing. Once healthy, Thomas expects to be a depth option on the wing and will see most of his playing time coming off the bench behind Carmelo Anthony.
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.
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