The Pelicans opted not to re-sign Thomas after his 10-day contract expired Monday, Olgun Uluc and Andrew Lopez of ESPN.com report. The Pelicans plan to use the open roster spot on 2019 second-round pick Didi Louzada, who is expected to sign a multiyear contract with the club. New Orleans marked the fifth different stop for Thomas since he finished third in the NBA MVP voting as a member of the Celtics in 2016-17, and he once again struggled to display any semblance of the form that once made him an All-Star. Over his three appearances with the Pelicans, he averaged 7.7 points and 1.7 assists in 16.0 minutes while shooting 33.3 percent from the field. The 32-year-old may be running out of chances to prove he's still an NBA-caliber player.
Thomas recorded 10 points (4-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes in Tuesday's loss against the Hawks. Thomas was undoubtedly rusty since he hadn't played in the NBA in quite a while, but he still found a way to end with double-digit points in his debut with New Orleans. Thomas might work as the team's backup point guard during his 10-day deal due to the injury concerns surrounding both Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) and Kira Lewis (calf), but his upside won't be very high due to Lonzo Ball's impressive play in recent games.
Thomas is not on the injury report ahead of Tuesday's game against Atlanta. Thomas is yet to debut for the Pels since signing a 10-day contract Friday, but his removal from the injury report may signal that he's passed through the league's COVID-19 protocols. With Nickeil Alexander-Walker (ankle) potentially facing an extended absence and Kira Lewis (calf) doubtful Tuesday, Thomas could find some minutes at point guard behind starter Lonzo Ball.
Thomas (COVID-19 protocols) will not play Sunday against Houston, Christian Clark of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Thomas signed a 10-day contract Friday but isn't quite ready to play as he's still working through the league's health and safety protocols. The plan, the team says, is for Thomas to join the team on Monday ahead of Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Thomas will sign a 10-day contract with the Pelicans and is eligible to debut Sunday against the Rockets, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Thomas' career has been on a downward trend since he left Boston in 2017-18. Since then, he's played in just 84 games (52 starts) and has averaged 12.8 points on 38.6 percent shooting, 3.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 23.4 minutes. However, he's still just 32 years old and could have something left in the tank, especially if his time off allowed his body to heal. Thomas will likely compete for minutes with Nickeil Alexander-Walker and rookie Kira Lewis. At the very least, he figures to be a depth point guard option capable of bringing a veteran presence to the locker room.
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