Lance Thomas, Pelicans Moving Toward Deal

Less than a month after being released by the Pelicans, Lance Thomas is working toward a new deal with the team, according to Shams Charania of Charania reports that it looks likely the two sides will work something out, though the Pacers have also expressed interest in Thomas.

Thomas, 25, initially joined the Pelicans when they were the Hornets, inking a pair of 10-day contracts before signing a rest-of-season deal in 2011/12. The former Duke forward spent the 2012/13 season with the team as well, and had a non-guaranteed salary for the coming season. However, he was cut when the Pelicans cleared the cap room to bring Tyreke Evans aboard.

In his 101 games with the Pelicans, Thomas averaged 3.1 PPG and 2.4 RPG in 12.6 minutes per contest. He also recorded an identical PER of 10.1 in each of his two seasons.

If Thomas reaches an agreement with the Pelicans it will likely be for the minimum salary, since the team is capped out. New Orleans also has its $2.65MM room exception available, but I'd be surprised to see the club use any of it on Thomas.

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