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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
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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

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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

Lance Thomas (knee) and Kevin Seraphin (foot) have been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. Sacramento.

Sunday will mark Thomas' sixth straight game on the sidelines, and it's unclear when exactly he'll be able to return to the court. Derrick Williams could be forced into heavy minutes tonight with Carmelo Anthony (migraine) headed for a game-time call, and he'd be someone to consider as a punt play in DFS should Melo be unavailable. Thomas belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues, as does Seraphin.

Lance Thomas (knee) had another MRI, but the results came back negative.

He is still experiencing pain in his knee, so it sounds like he won't be returning any time soon. With Thomas on the shelf, Derrick Williams will continue to see around 20 minutes, but he's not a great fantasy option either. Knicks coach Kurt Rambis is still confident that Thomas will play again this season.
Mar 19 - 10:44 AM

Lance Thomas (knee) is unlikely to play on the rest of the current road trip.

That means he's likely out for the next three games and could return on Sunday Mar. 20. Derrick Williams will be in the rotation and Kristaps Porzingis could play slightly more.
Mar 12 - 3:17 PM

Lance Thomas (left knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Clippers.

Thomas has no timetable for a return, but the good news is that an MRI revealed no structural damage. The Knicks are also missing Arron Afflalo (abdomen) on Friday, so Derrick Williams could see more minutes in addition to Sasha Vujacic, Langston Galloway and Jerian Grant in smaller lineups.
Mar 11 - 12:59 PM

Lance Thomas (left knee) is currently without an official timetable to return.

Thomas suffered a non-contact injury to his ailing left knee while going through pregame warmups on Tuesday, and while an MRI revealed no structural damage, Thomas' potential return date is unclear at this point. With Thomas on the sidelines there will be more minutes available for guys like Derrick Williams, Kevin Seraphin and Jerian Grant.
Mar 9 - 9:04 AM

Lance Thomas' (knee) MRI came back clean.

He suffered a non-contact injury prior to Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets, but this is good news and Thomas should be considered day-to-day moving forward. He's only averaging 8.2 points and 2.2 boards this season, so he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
Mar 8 - 11:36 PM

Lance Thomas (sore knee) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

He injured his knee in warmups and had to be helped off the floor, and it also should be noted that it was a non-contact injury. For what it's worth, this is the same knee that bothered him earlier in the season. With Thomas out of the lineup, expect Arron Afflalo to play more small forward which will open up minutes for Langston Galloway.
Mar 8 - 7:45 PM

Knicks coach Kurt Rambis said that Lance Thomas' knee has still been bothering him.

Rambis added that he has been impressed with Thomas' relentless effort, and it doesn't sound like he's in danger of missing any time. The forward is averaging 6.8 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 assists and 0.8 3-pointers over his last five games, so he's only an option in very deep leagues while Carmelo Anthony is active.
Mar 6 - 9:53 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Derrick Rose
2Langston Galloway
SG1Arron Afflalo
2Justin Holiday
3Sasha Vujacic
SF1Carmelo Anthony
2Lance Thomas
3Cleanthony Early
PF1Kristaps Porzingis
2Derrick Williams
C1Kyle O'Quinn
2Kevin Seraphin
3Lou Amundson