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Lance Thomas | Forward | #42

Team: New York Knicks
Age / DOB:  (28) / 4/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: Duke
Contract: view contract details

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Lance Thomas said he's still focusing on his 3-point shot this summer even though he shot an impressive 40.4 percent from deep last season.
"I’m still working on that," Thomas said. "I’m working on things that are going to help us win. I’m watching a lot of film this summer because I could have been better last season." He will have a role after signing a four-year, $27 million deal this summer, but his minutes will be capped in the 20s while Carmelo Anthony is healthy. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds with 0.7 3-pointers per game last season, so he won't be a target in standard leagues. Aug 28 - 12:30 PM

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Despite signing a four-year, $27 million deal with the Knicks, Lance Thomas said he still has a chip on his shoulder.

"Now is the time to really put the pedal to the floor and go after it," Thomas said. "That was my mindset already, but I just feel like my chip on my shoulder is even bigger. I don’t feel like I accomplished anything. I want to win. This contract is great, it’s a blessing, something I’ve really worked day in and day out to have an opportunity to be in this position. Ultimately, I play basketball to win." Thomas will be a reserve on New York's retooled roster and could have a similar role as last season in which he averaged 8.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 22.3 minutes. There's not much fantasy value here.
Source: ESPN
Jul 10 - 10:14 AM

Lance Thomas has agreed to a four-year deal worth approximately $27 million to re-sign with the Knicks.

Thomas had a few teams after him, but he'll stay put as a backup small forward. Thomas matched his career-high game total with 59 while scoring a career-high 8.2 points per game. He won't have much value while Carmelo Anthony is healthy.
Jul 4 - 7:58 PM

Lance Thomas has "at least two teams—other than the Knicks—who have strong interest in him," sources told ESPN's Ian Begley.

Per Begley, Thomas has "rejected multiple offers from other teams," and it appears he's waiting to sign until after Kevin Durant makes his decision. Begley, citing sources, also writes that the Knicks "remain committed to bringing back both Thomas and Langston Galloway."
Source: ESPN
Jul 4 - 11:23 AM

Knicks forward Lance Thomas "wants to stay" in New York despite interest from at least five other teams, according to the New York Post.

The report suggests that there's a "better than 50-50" chance that Thomas will stay with the Knicks—even if it comes on a hometown discount—because "he likes the moves they've done" during the offseason. The Wolves, Thunder, Hawks, Nets, Pelicans, Spurs and Clippers have all been linked to Thomas. The Knicks can go over the cap to retain him, but other teams could pry him away with offers of more money or a more prominent role.
Jul 4 - 12:50 AM

The Clippers are interested in free agent forward Lance Thomas.

The Clippers could definitely use some more help at small forward, so Thomas could have a decent role in Los Angeles. However, the Knicks still want to re-sign him and he's also drawing interest from the Wolves, Thunder, Hawks, Nets and Pelicans.
Jul 3 - 10:52 AM

Free agent Lance Thomas has reportedly been contacted by the Hawks, Nets, Timberwolves and Thunder.

The Knicks are interested in retaining Thomas, but they might not be able to afford him with the probable arrival of Joakim Noah and an emphasis on finding a starting-caliber shooting guard. With multiple teams already vying for his services, Thomas is sure to benefit from this summer's huge salary-cap spike.
Jul 1 - 1:51 AM

The Nets and Pelicans are interested in free agent Lance Thomas, according to Shams Charania on The Vertical Free Agent Show.

He's likely a backup plan for both teams with Kent Bazemore is likely to rich for both of these teams while Allen Crabbe is likely headed back to the Blazers. Thomas would have better fantasy value on the Nets.
Jul 1 - 1:02 AM

The Thunder, Nets and Mavericks reportedly have interest in free agent Lance Thomas.

The Knicks hope to re-sign Thomas, who spent the 2015-16 season backing up Carmelo Anthony, but they'll have plenty of competition. The New York Post suggested that Thomas could earn around $4.5 million annually with the salary cap increasing, but he'll need an ideal landing spot to emerge with fantasy relevance.
Jun 23 - 10:31 PM

Lance Thomas said he would like to re-sign with the Knicks.

"I love New York," Thomas said. "I really don’t know what’s going to happen, to be honest. I love New York, I’m from the area. If it works out that way, I’d love to come back." Thomas is set to get a significant pay raise this summer after averaging 8.2 points, 2.2 boards, 0.9 assists and 0.7 3-pointers on 44.2 percent shooting from the field and 40.4 percent from deep. The New York Post speculates that Thomas' salary could start at $4.5 million per year, but it would make a lot of sense for the Knicks to upgrade their backcourt before they do anything else.
Apr 16 - 10:49 AM

The Knicks could be interested in re-signing Lance Thomas (sprained knee) this offseason.

"He’s a huge asset for us. We miss him a lot," Kurt Rambis said. "He plays so hard that he almost embarrasses other guys if they’re not playing as hard as does. When everybody is playing catch-up with him." The Knicks have far bigger fish to fry than Thomas this summer, and he's unlikely to be a standard league asset regardless of where he lands.
Apr 4 - 2:10 PM

Kurt Rambis does not expect Lance Thomas (sprained knee) to return this season.

"I don’t anticipate [Thomas] being back [before the end of the season]," Rambis said. We miss him a lot." They'll miss him even more on Sunday with both Carmelo Anthony (rest) and Kristaps Porzingis (shoulder) out of commission, thrusting Derrick Williams and Cleanthony Early into big roles as starters.
Apr 3 - 5:55 PM

Lance Thomas (sprained knee) may not play again this season.

Thomas is starting to run, but not doing any cutting work yet. With the Knicks eliminated from the playoffs, there is a good chance they'll shut down the forward for the rest of the 2015-16 season. Fantasy owners can feel free to move on from Thomas with the end of the season so near.
Mar 29 - 9:43 AM

Lance Thomas (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls.

He has no timetable for a return and can safely remain on the waiver wire in all formats. Derrick Williams has benefited most in Thomas' absence.
Mar 23 - 1:01 PM

Lance Thomas (knee) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

Thomas missed his sixth straight game on Sunday and looks in danger of missing his seventh on Wednesday. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Derrick Williams will continue to see an uptick in minutes if Thomas is unable to suit up against the Bulls on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 1:09 PM