Lance Thomas
Lance Thomas
32-Year-Old ForwardF
Brooklyn Nets  NBA  
Brooklyn Nets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed with the Nets in July of 2020.
College/International Summary

Despite being a highly touted recruit for Duke, Thomas was never a star. He learned his role and stuck to it. The 6-9 forward was a relentless defender and brought plenty of intangibles to the Blue Devils. On offense, he was opportunistic but rarely had plays called for him. Thomas started 18 games as a freshman and averaged 4.0 points and 2.5 rebounds. He backed up players such as Josh McRoberts and fellow freshman Gerald Henderson. The Blue Devils were upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by VCU. The forward started 28 of 32 games as a sophomore, but his numbers (4.3 points 3.3 rebounds) did not change much. Duke won its first NCAA Tournament game against Belmont before losing to West Virginia. As a junior, the New Jersey native came off the bench for the majority of the season and backed up Kyle Singler and Brian Zoubek. The Blue Devils advanced to the Sweet 16 before losing to Villanova. Everything came together in Thomas' senior season. He was a co-captain of the team with Jon Scheyer. The squad won the NCAA Championship by beating Butler in the finals. Thomas played in 140 games for the Blue Devils and averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 rebounds.

Coming off bench
FBrooklyn Nets
August 7, 2020
Thomas will come off the bench Friday against the Kings, Greg Logan of Newsday reports.
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Thomas will come off the bench for the first time during the restart. So far, he's averaging 3.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 17.0 minutes.
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2018

Lance Thomas played 46 games in 2018-19 in his fifth season with the Knicks. He started 17 of those contests and came off the bench for the remaining 29. Though his 17.0 minutes per game marked a slight decrease from the previous season, he increased both his scoring and rebounding rates, averaging 4.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Thomas underwent knee surgery in early November and missed over a month of action, but he maintained his health through the latter part of the campaign, playing in 20 straight contests until a personal matter kept him out of the final three games of the season. Thomas posted his finest stat line of the campaign in a victory over the Spurs on Feb. 24, logging 30 minutes and scoring a season-high 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field while pulling down seven rebounds. He also connected on a pair of three-pointers in the contest, one of five occasions last season in which he drilled multiple treys in a game. Thomas' free-throw shooting fell below 80.0 percent for the first time in four years, but he still hit a respectable 75.0 percent from the line. He also made valuable contributions that did not show up in the box score. Last season's longest-tenured Knick lived up to his career calling card by serving as a source of energy and tough defense for New York.

2017

Thomas was named a team captain ahead of his fourth season in New York. The seventh year pro would go on to play in a career-high 73 games, making 31 starts and averaging 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game. He matched a career-best by making three three-point shots on three different occasions in the season. Thomas scored a season-high 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Cleveland on April 9. Thomas would make a career-high 50 three-point shots on the year. He recorded a season-high three assists against Memphis on January 17. The Duke product scored 13 points against San Antonio on January 2. He recorded a season-high +26 against Memphis on December 6 while scoring eight points and pulling down four rebounds. He went 6-for-6 on free throws against Orlando on February 22. He grabbed four offensive rebounds against Charlotte on December 18.

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Transaction History
  • December 9, 2011
    Signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Hornets.
  • December 31, 2011
    Waived by the New Orleans Hornets.
  • February 6, 2012
    Signed two 10-day contracts with the New Orleans Hornets, then signed a contract for the rest of the season.
  • July 10, 2013
    Waived by the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • August 22, 2013
    Signed as a free agent with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • September 29, 2014
    Signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder
  • January 5, 2015
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the New York Knicks; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a 2019 2nd round draft pick (Carsen Edwards was later selected) to the New York Knicks; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Dion Waiters to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the New York Knicks traded Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Oklahoma City Thunder traded a 2016 1st round draft pick (Furkan Korkmaz was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
  • January 7, 2015
    Waived by the New York Knicks.
  • January 10, 2015
    Signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.
  • January 21, 2015
    Signed a 2nd 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.
  • July 10, 2015
    Signed a contract with the New York Knicks
  • July 9, 2016
    Signed a multi-year contract with the New York Knicks
  • June 29, 2019
    Waived by the New York Knicks.
  • September 27, 2019
    Signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • October 18, 2019
    Waived by the Brooklyn Nets.
  • July 14, 2020
    Signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
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February 26, 2019
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February 1, 2019
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October 20, 2018
JaVale McGee provides high upside at a low price against the Rockets.
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Playing in his third year with the Knicks, Thomas finally put together a relatively healthy campaign, playing in 73 games after logging less than 60 in each of the prior two seasons. The seven-year veteran still played just a minor role off the bench though and actually saw his smallest workload since playing in just 10 games during the 2013-14 season. Thomas finished the year averaging just 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds across 18.5 minutes. While the Knicks are set to be without Kristaps Porzingis (knee) for at least the first few months of the upcoming season, Thomas still doesn't stand to see a significant uptick in his minutes. The Knicks brought in Mario Hezonja in free agency and also nabbed Kevin Knox with the ninth overall pick in the draft, both of whom should slot in above him on the depth chart. Fantasy owners can go ahead and avoid Thomas in the majority of leagues, though if he does get more run than expected, Thomas could be a source of three-pointers after shooting above 40 percent from deep in each of the last three years.
Thomas saw his role fluctuate greatly on a game-to-game basis throughout the 2016-17 campaign. However, it was an orbital fracture and a hip injury that ultimately derailed his season. He played in just 46 games overall, including 15 starts, though he added averages of just 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds across 21.0 minutes. That marked his smallest workload over the last three seasons. Still, Thomas did show plenty of promise as a three-point shooter, as he finished the year shooting a career-best 44.7 percent from deep. With Carmelo Anthony likely on his way out of New York, that three-point ability alone could earn Thomas some more looks in the regular rotation. That said, Thomas will likely once again come off the bench behind Kristaps Porzingis at power forward and with added competition in the form of Michael Beasley, it's unlikely Thomas is able to improve much on his 2016-17 averages. That should keep him as a non-factor in most Fantasy leagues.
Re-signed to a one-year, $1.6 million contract this offseason, Thomas was traded to the Knicks in January of last season and proceeded to average 8.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 26 minutes per game across 40 appearances for New York. Although that stint brought career-best numbers virtually across the board from Thomas, such production was inflated due to the Knicks' mostly anemic roster, which allowed a competent yet limited player like Thomas to make 24 starts. At 27 years old, the small forward has averaged just 17 minutes during his four-year career and figures to be restricted to a deep bench role in his second season in New York, thus warranting little fantasy consideration from prospective owners.
Thomas started 19 games for the Pelicans over the past two seasons but was waived in the offseason. The Duke product eventually returned to New Orleans on a non-guaranteed deal. If he makes the team, Thomas likely won't see much action, barring injuries to the forwards ahead of him on the depth chart.
Signed last season and appearing in 42 games (starting 10), Thomas averaged 3.0 rpg and 4.0 ppg. As a backup small forward, Thomas looks to be in a position battle with Darius Miller for a reserve role.
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Starting again Sunday
FBrooklyn Nets
August 2, 2020
Thomas is in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest against Washington, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Starting in opener
FBrooklyn Nets
July 31, 2020
Thomas is starting Friday's restart opener against the Magic, Alex Schiffer of The Athletic reports.
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Signs on with Nets
FBrooklyn Nets
July 14, 2020
Thomas officially signed with the Nets on Tuesday, Ian Begley of SNY reports.
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Gets waived
FLong Island Nets   G League (Nets)
October 18, 2019
Thomas was waived by the Nets on Friday, Brian Lewis of the New York Post reports.
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Deal with Nets becomes official
FBrooklyn Nets
September 27, 2019
Thomas signed with the Nets on Friday, Mike Vorkunov of The Athletic reports.
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