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.
Thomas is expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Pelicans, 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. Assuming he does formally sign the contract, Thomas will likely be competing 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.
Thomas committed Wednesday to play for the United States' national team in the AmeriCup qualifying tournament that begins Feb. 19 in Puerto Rico, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Since finishing fifth in the 2016-17 NBA MVP balloting as a member of the Celtics, Thomas' career has been in steady decline, largely as a result of his chronic right hip problems. Since the 2016-17 campaign, Thomas has required multiple procedures and bounced around between four different teams, appearing in just 84 total regular-season contests across the past three years. He most recently underwent a resurfacing procedure on the hip this past May and is reportedly fully healthy again, so he'll be looking to prove he still has something left in the tank when he suits up for Team USA. If Thomas can demonstrate some semblance of his old self in the tournament, an NBA team could look to bring him aboard as a scoring option off the bench.
Thomas said Monday that he will be ready for the start of the 2020-21 NBA season after undergoing a procedure on his right hip in May, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Thomas has been dealing with on-and-off hip issues for the past three seasons, so the surgery -- a resurfacing procedure -- will hopefully grant the veteran the strength to move forward in health. Thomas is only a few years removed from a top-five MVP finish as a member of the Celtics in 2016-17, but he's struggled to regain that form since leaving Boston. He's played for four teams -- the Cavaliers, Lakers, Nuggets and Wizards -- over the last three seasons. In that span, Thomas has appeared in just 84 total games, 40 of which came with the Wizards in 2019-20. At the trade deadline, Thomas was dealt to the Clippers and subsequently waived.
Thomas, who was acquired in a three-team, four player trade Thursday, will not be retained by the Clippers, David Aldridge of The Athletic reports.
This isn't all too surprising given the Clippers' depth. Prior to being traded -- and subsequently waived -- Thomas appeared in 40 games for the Wizards and posted averaged of 12.2 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 23.1 minutes. He should draw some interest as a free agent.
Thomas was traded from the Wizards to the Clippers on Thursday as part of a three-team, four player deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Wizards will reportedly receive Jerome Robinson in return, while the Knicks will send Marcus Morris to the Clippers in exchange for Moe Harkless and a 2020 first-round pick. Thomas should slot in as the team's backup point guard behind Patrick Beverley (groin), joining a bench unit that already boasts the likes of Lou Williams, Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell. Prior to getting traded, Thomas posted averages of 12.2 points, 3.7 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 40 games (23.1 minutes per tilt) with the Wizards.
Thomas supplied 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes Tuesday in the Wizards' 151-131 loss to the Bucks.
Thomas reached double figures in scoring for the fourth game in a row, but it came with little in the way of supporting production outside of the three-pointers category. The 16 points were actually Thomas' most in 11 games, so even his upside in that category is fairly muted these days. He shapes up as a better fantasy option in 14-team and 16-team leagues than anything shallower than that, and as a veteran on an expiring deal, Thomas seems more likely to see his role shrink rather than grow as the Wizards play out the string on a non-contending season.
Thomas tallied 13 points (5-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and one block in 22 minutes during Thursday's 124-112 win over the Cavaliers.
Thomas wasn't all that efficient as a scorer or distributor, finishing with almost as many turnovers (three) as dimes. However, he has now reached double figures in scoring in consecutive contests for the first time this month. With the lowly Hawks on tap for Sunday, Thomas has another solid opportunity to fill it up offensively.
Thomas managed seven points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-3 FT), two assists and one rebound in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 123-89 loss to the Magic.
Thomas failed to obtain any control of the ball, scoring zero points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt) in the first half and committing five turnovers overall. The performance is representative of a recent downslope, where he had shot 34.1 percent in the Wizards' previous five games. The 30-year-old's disappointments, along with backup Ish Smith's 18 points averaged through Washington's last seven games, may persuade team head coach Scott Brooks to alter the rotation in favor of the latter.
Thomas had 17 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT), one board and three assists in 23 minutes of a 99-94 win against the Celtics on Monday.
Thomas scored in double figures for the first time in five games as he helped his current team defeat his former team. The veterain guard's 2020 got off to a rocky start that included an ejectiontwo games ago in the opening moments. He'll try to carry this momentum into Wednesday's game against the Magic.
Thomas was ejected in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Trail Blazers for shoving a referee, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
Holdahl notes that the shove may have been on accident. Regardless, Thomas won't return to Friday's contest, and the league will presumably review the incident to see if a suspension is warranted. Thomas is less than two weeks removed from serving a two-game suspension from the NBA for entering the stands during the Wizards' Dec. 21 loss to the 76ers.
Thomas will start Saturday's game against the Knicks.
As expected, Thomas is re-joining the lineup following a two-game suspension. In six appearances this month, he's averaged 18.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds, and he could be in for a bigger usage rate since Bradley Beal is sidelined Saturday.
The NBA handed Thomas a two-game suspension for entering the stands during a verbal confrontation with a fan in Saturday's 125-108 loss to the 76ers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Thomas was ejected after the incident, spelling an early end to an otherwise productive outing in which he posted 20 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT) and three assists in 25 minutes. While Thomas is out for the next two games, Ish Smith should step back in as the Wizards' starting point guard and handle heavy minutes. Thomas will be eligible to return to action Dec. 28 versus the Knicks.
Thomas tallied 20 points (5-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-9 FT) and three assists in 25 minutes during Saturday's 125-108 loss to the 76ers.
Thomas had a solid night from a scoring perspective. However, he finished with as many turnovers as assists and was ejected for entering the stands in the latter stages of the contest. Unless the league opts to lay down a suspension, which seems somewhat unlikely given that there was no altercation, Thomas will likely be a decent option heading into Monday's matchup versus the Knicks.
Thomas finished with 23 points (9-13 FG, 5-7 3Pt), six assists, one rebound and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's 133-119 victory over the Pistons.
Thomas returned to action Monday after missing five games with a calf injury. Head coach Dwayne Casey wasted no time working Thomas back in, shifting him straight into the starting lineup. He looked great in 26 minutes, continuing his rise back into fantasy relevance. Thomas doesn't have the upside he once had; however, he should still be rostered in most standard formats moving forward.
Coach Scott Brooks said Thomas (calf) will start Monday against the Pistons, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Thomas has been cleared to return ahead of Monday's game in Detroit after getting through the team's pregame shootaround with no issues. Prior to his five-game absence due to a calf injury, Thomas was averaging 12.6 points, 5.1 assists and 1.8 rebounds across 24.9 minutes per game. Ish Smith should return to a reserve role with Thomas back in the fold.
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