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Lance Thomas - SF/PF, 6'8, 235
New York Knicks - Acquired via trade in January 2015
       Date of birth: 04/24/1988
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2010
     Out of: Duke
  NBA Experience: 6 years
  Hand: Right

1st November, 2010 D-League Drafted 19th overall in the 2010 D-League Draft by Austin Toros.
2nd November, 2011 D-League Designated as a returning player by Austin Toros.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed an unguaranteed two year minimum salary contract with New Orleans. Included team option for 2012/13.
31st December, 2011 NBA Waived by New Orleans.
4th January, 2012 D-League Re-acquired by Austin Toros.
6th February, 2012 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with New Orleans.
16th February, 2012 NBA Signed a second 10 day contract with New Orleans.
27th February, 2012 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2014 with New Orleans.
10th July, 2013 NBA Waived by New Orleans.
21st August, 2013 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed two year minimum salary contract with New Orleans.
12th November, 2013 NBA Waived by New Orleans.
27th December, 2013 China Signed for the remainder of the season with Foshan.
29th September, 2014 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Oklahoma City.
5th January, 2015 NBA As a part of a three team deal, traded by Oklahoma City to New York, along with a future first round pick (#26, 2016, Furkan Korkmaz) to Cleveland, in exchange for Dion Waiters from Cleveland.
7th January, 2015 NBA Waived by New York.
10th January, 2015 NBA Signed a 10 day contract with New York.
21st January, 2015 NBA Signed a second 10 day contract with New York.
31st January, 2015 NBA Signed a guaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season with New York.
10th July, 2015 NBA Re-signed by New York to a one year, $1,636,842 contract.
8th July, 2016 NBA Re-signed by New York to a partiallly guaranteed four year, $27,549,950 contract.
When: Where:
2006 - 2010 Duke (NCAA)
July 2010 New Jersey Nets (Summer League)
November 2010 - December 2011 Austin Toros (D-League)
December 2011 New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
January 2012 - February 2012 Austin Toros (D-League)
February 2012 - November 2013 New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (NBA)
December 2013 - February 2014 Foshan (China)
July 2014 Chicago Bulls (Summer League)
September 2014 - January 2015 Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
January 2015 - present New York Knicks (NBA)
From blog:

   Really Overdue 2010 D-League Draft Review

19th: - Austin Toros - Lance Thomas, Duke

David McClure was once a member of the Toros, and that probably had something to do with this pick. Fellow Dukie Lance Thomas is capable of defending 3's, 4'5 and 5's, and will do a decent job on 1's and 2's if assigned to them on switches - without putting up many stats to prove it, he's a good and versatile defender. But his lack of stattage applies also to the other end of the court. Thomas is not capable of making a mistake, but nor is he capable of making a basket. He's is a 6'9 power forward who can't score or rebound; he is the slightly smaller version of Jarron Collins. That's fine, of course, but it's not NBA material. Ryan Bowen wasn't NBA material either, of course, and he made it for a decade. But lightning tends not to strike twice.

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   2010 Summer League Rosters: New Jersey Nets

Lance Thomas

Mike Shasheffski think Lance Thomas can play in the NBA. But he's the only one who does. Thomas is defensively versatile, able to guard both forward spots, the bigger centres, and perform admirably on guards when switching. However, that's about it. He just can't score, he just can't dribble, and he just doesn't rebound. Ryan Bowen got by for many years on much the same skill set, but he shouldn't have done, and nor should Lance Thomas. He'll make money somewhere, but not in the NBA.

And anyway, how do you get Shasheffski from Krzyzewski?

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   Looking for an unsigned forward? These guys are available

Lance Thomas - After a few stints with the Hornets, Thomas is out of the league once again, cut in order to accommodate Josh Childress. A defensive role player with scant little offense, his hustle and fundamentals will keep him on the fringes, yet his lack of skills will likely keep him out.

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   2017 NBA Manifesto

Lance Thomas
SF/PF, 6’8, 235lbs, 29 years old, 6 years of experience

Had a terrible start to last season in which he seemed to forget where the three-point line was, and in which his signature defence also suffered for a lack of rhythm. Got better throughout the year, injury-related new year blip aside, and was his usual aggressive self on the defensive end again by the end. Thomas also stopped a five year decline in his rebounding rate, although a 7.9% mark is still not good, the fact that he can shoot low volume three-pointers at 44.7% now does not mean he should abandon the offensive glass. Thomas also needs to turn the long twos in threes – sometimes it’s literally just half an inch difference – and be less scared of finishing at the rim. Useful in his role, but it should not be a big role.

Player Plan: Three years and circa. $21.36 million remaining, the last year of which is not guaranteed, Not thrilled with the length of the contract, but the price is OK, and the trade value minimum, so he might as well see it out.

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