And-Ones: T. Thomas, Calderon, Tanking

Former fourth overall pick Tyrus Thomas, who played in Germany last season and last appeared in the NBA during the 2014/15 campaign, is focused on helping to provide relief and help in his hometown of Baton Rouge, as he tells Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

“If something changes, it changes. But right now I don’t have any expectations,” Thomas said of his basketball career. “Realistically, I can’t say I am ready to hoop and I am going to have teams knocking at my door. I ain’t no fool. I am living life. I got a lot of purpose helping people. Apparently, I am doing what a lot of people work their lives to do, and that’s find their purpose.”

Here’s more from around the NBA:

  • Jose Calderon officially announced his retirement from the Spanish national basketball team earlier this week, as Orazio Cauchi of Sportando details. The veteran point guard won three Olympic medals, including two silvers, during his time with the national club.
  • Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer checks in on the state of the NBA blockbuster trade and runs through a few candidates in an attempt to determine if we’ll see a huge deal at some point during the 2016/17 league year.
  • With Sam Hinkie no longer running in the show in Philadelphia, Ben Dowsett of Basketball Insiders examines the concept of tanking and explores whether another team will embark upon a 76ers-esque, multi-year rebuilding project anytime soon.
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