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Lance Thomas | Forward

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
College: Duke
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The Nets have invited free agent Lance Thomas to participate in their mini-camp next week.
The list of players invited to Brooklyn's workouts includes four more forwards out of college, and more players may be added in the coming days. Thomas appeared in only five games for the Pelicans last season before being waived in November, and he should go undrafted in fantasy leagues no matter where he begins the 2014-15 season. May 28 - 10:26 AM
Source: Nets Daily

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The Pelicans waived Lance Thomas on Tuesday.

Thomas started 19 games for New Orleans last season, but struggled to crack the rotation on a revamped roster this year.
Source: NBA.com
Tue, Nov 12, 2013 02:20:00 PM

Lance Thomas re-signed with the Pelicans for two years at the league minimum.

The second year of the deal is a team option. New Orleans brings back Thomas after waiving him in July. After averaging 2.5 points per game last season, he's nothing more than a body to fill out the roster.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 07:50:00 PM

Lance Thomas is closing in on a deal with the Pelicans, a league source told RealGM.com.

The Pelicans waived Thomas in July after reaching a deal with Anthony Morrow. If the deal becomes official, don't expect Thomas to be anything other than an end-of-the-bench player. Thomas averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season.
Source: RealGM.com
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Pelicans waive F Lance Thomas.

Having reached a deal with Anthony Morrow, the Hornets are more interested in signing another big man than retaining their third-year SF, who went undrafted out of Duke. Thomas will become an unrestricted FA.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 11:28:00 AM

Lance Thomas is expected back with the Pelicans next season because his team contract option is worth under $1 million.

Thomas needs to improve his shooting touch, especially from outside the painted area, but it's a very small amount of money for a guy who has proven his worth under Monty Williams. Although Thomas didn't play a ton this season, we'd expect him to remain in New Orleans.
Fri, May 3, 2013 09:00:00 AM

Monty Williams revealed before Friday's game that Lance Thomas had a sprained MCL earlier this season and played through it.

He played just 10.9 minutes per game this year and hasn't been in any game action since March. If Thomas is healthy, he might actually play with the Hornets running out of bodies. That said, there's no reason to pay attention to this news item.
Source: NOLA.com
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Lance Thomas started at small forward instead of Al-Farouq Aminu on Monday, but missed all three of his shot attempts to finish with zero points, four rebounds, and one assist in 14 minutes.

Thomas entered the game with at least one beat writer predicting he would be the starter, but Aminu won tonight's positional skirmish with 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting, eight boards, one steal, and two blocks. To complicate matters, Monty Williams singled out second round pick Darius Miller (six points, one block, 15 minutes) for his solid play. Thomas is worth keeping an eye on, but not close to being draftworthy in standard format.
Tue, Oct 23, 2012 03:21:00 AM

Lance Thomas practiced with the Hornets first unit on Saturday, playing SF in place of Al-Farouq Aminu.

We won't read too much into this until Monty Williams weighs in, but it's safe to say Aminu hasn't done anything to put a stranglehold on the starting job.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 01:03:00 PM

Lance Thomas played 26 minutes in Friday's exhibition game against the Rockets, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and one block.

Anthony Davis (groin, rest) was out tonight and that opened up a few minutes, but regardless Thomas is going to get a real hard look out of Monty Williams this season. The surprise USA Select Team member will back up both forward positions and is worth keeping tabs on to see if he can gain any traction during the preseason.
Sat, Oct 13, 2012 03:48:00 AM

Lance Thomas was praised for his play in summer league.

"He's playing with confidence and leading us," said Hornets summer league coach James Borrego. "You can see the growth he's made in his skill set." Thomas had 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting against the Bucks on Monday, and Thomas credits Monty Williams for giving him a chance to play "significant minutes" during last season. Thomas was a part of USA Select Team before joining the summer league team and has the right attitude about improving his game.
Wed, Jul 18, 2012 06:37:00 AM

Lance Thomas has been named to the USA Select Team.

Not too shabby for a D-League product. Thomas averaged just 4.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 42 games with the Hornets, but the 24-year-old will get a big chance to make a serious impression.
Fri, May 25, 2012 09:33:00 AM

Lance Thomas started Monday's game against the Bobcats, missing all three of his field goal attempts for zero points with two rebounds and three assists in 13 minutes.

Thomas hasn't done anything with the minutes he has received, so continue to ignore him for fantasy purposes.
Tue, Apr 17, 2012 01:18:00 AM

Making a fill-in start at PF on Saturday, Lance Thomas had six points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes of action.

Carl Landry's ankle injury came out of the blue, so there was no time to rush Thomas into fantasy lineups, which was probably for the best. Landry is day-to-day and might not be ready to play on Sunday, but after that the Hornets have off until Wednesday's home game. In other words, Thomas' starting job is likely to be short-lived.
Sat, Mar 31, 2012 06:03:00 PM

Lance Thomas made his first career start for the short-handed Hornets on Saturday, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 19 minutes.

All things considered this was a fine showing from the rookie forward, who is averaging a reasonable 4.2 points and 2.8 rebounds in 13 minutes per game. He'll go back to the bench once Chris Kaman and/or Jason Smith return, so he's a long way from having fantasy value.
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 11:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Russ Smith
3Austin Rivers
SG1Eric Gordon
SF1Tyreke Evans
2Omri Casspi
3Darius Miller
4Al-Farouq Aminu
5Scotty Hopson
6James Southerland
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey
4Jason Smith