Lance Thomas F NO 8 Months

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.

Lance Thomas F NO 8 Months

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.

Lance Thomas F NO 9 Months

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.

Lance Thomas F NO 12 Months

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.

Lance Thomas F NO Apr 12 '13

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.

Lance Thomas F NO Oct 23 '12

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.

Lance Thomas F NO Oct 20 '12

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.

Lance Thomas F NO Oct 13 '12

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.

Lance Thomas F NO Jul 18 '12

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.

Lance Thomas F NO May 25 '12

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.