Thompson will start at shooting guard in Saturday's contest against the Mavericks, Justin Verrier of ESPN reports.
Thompson played just five minutes in his Pelicans debut on Thursday, scoring three points. Now that he's getting the start in place of E'Twaun Moore (personal) he'll figure to see a sharp increase in play time. Look for Thompson to return to a role off the bench when Moore returns.
Thompson is a 39 percent three-point shooter for his career and addresses a need for shooting on the wing with the departure of both Buddy Hield Tyreke Evans via the DeMarcus Cousins trade. Over his first 10 days with the team, Thompson will likely see majority of his time at shooting guard behind E'Twaun Moore, but he will likely be slowly worked into the rotation to start.
Thompson was waived by the Sixers on Wednesday, Derek Bodner of Phillymag.com reports.
Even with injuries depleting some of the Sixers' depth on the wing, Thompson was unable to take advantage of any additional time on the floor. To go along with that, the Sixers are hurting for depth at point guard, so they may have needed to free up a spot to sign another player to compete with Sergio Rodriguez (ankle) and T.J. McConnell. Thompson should draw some interest from teams hurting for depth on the wing, but if not, he could try a stint in the D-League or head overseas temporarily.
Thompson accrued seven points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), one rebound and one assist across 21 minutes in a 100-83 loss to the Jazz on Thursday.
After failing to play in the 76ers' previous game Monday against the Kings, Thompson reentered the rotation Thursday with Gerald Henderson (hip) sitting out. Henderson will remain out again Friday against the Nuggets, which should afford Thompson another 20-minute workload, but Thompson will likely see his playing time fall by the wayside as soon as Henderson is available to play again.
Thompson (coach's decision) didn't see the floor in a 102-100 loss to the Kings on Monday.
Coach Brett Brown leaned on starters Robert Covington and Gerald Henderson and reserves Nik Stauskas and Dario Saric to cover all the playing time at the two wing spots, leaving no room for Thompson in the rotation. That's likely to be an issue so long as Brown's decision to start Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid alongside one another continues to force Saric to spend more time at small forward, so don't expect Thompson's playing time to trend up unless one of the aforementioned players succumbs to an injury.
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