The Mavericks are among the parties who’ve observed workouts that former No. 4 overall pick Tyrus Thomas is staging in Las Vegas, as David Pick of Eurobasket.com hears (Twitter link). Thomas has looked strong, Pick notes, passing along that Turkish powerhouse Fenerbahce Ulker has been watching, too. It’s the latest development in the Mavs’ wide-ranging search for another big man to complement trade acquisition Zaza Pachulia in the wake of DeAndre Jordan‘s reversal of his decision to sign with the team.
Various reports from the past few days have indicated the Mavs are interested in Ryan Hollins, Tyler Hansbrough, Elton Brand, JaVale McGee, Samuel Dalembert and Kevin Seraphin. Some of them, Seraphin in particular, would probably command more than the minimum salary, but that doesn’t figure to be the case for Thomas, who has been out of the NBA since 2012/13, save for a 10-day contract with the Grizzlies this past season.
Thomas didn’t have much of a chance to play with Memphis, scoring four points in his seven total minutes of action across two games, and he didn’t light it up in more extensive time with the Grizzlies’ D-League affiliate, averaging 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 18.7 minutes per game over 16 contests. He turns 29 in August, still young enough to sustain hope that he’ll tap into at least a measure of the potential that made him such a high draft pick coming out of LSU in 2006.