Lance Thomas Nearing Deal With Nets

The Nets are close to signing free agent forward Lance Thomas, tweets Ian Begley of SNY.tv. After this week’s additions of Jamal Crawford, Michael Beasley and Donta Hall, Brooklyn still has just 13 players available for Orlando.

Thomas, 32, was with the Nets in training camp on a non-guaranteed contract. He was waived just before the start of the season.

Thomas hasn’t played in the NBA this season, but he has eight years of experience with the Hornets/Pelicans, Thunder and Knicks. He has career averages of 5.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 392 games.

The Nets will be without at least seven players for the NBA’s restart. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Nicolas Claxton are sidelined due to injuries, while Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince, and Wilson Chandler contracted COVID-19 and/or voluntarily opted out.

Brooklyn is permitted to sign substitute players to replace the four non-injured players. So far, the team has signed three substitutes (Crawford, Beasley, and Hall), and the belief was that Justin Anderson would be the fourth. It’s not yet clear if Thomas will be signed in place of Anderson or if another Net will be unavailable.

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8 thoughts on “Lance Thomas Nearing Deal With Nets

  1. phenomenalajs

    I’m confused how this works. I thought they already had four substitutes for the players they were allowed to replace. They were allowed to replace Chandler, Jordan, Dinwiddie, and Prince. Unless a signing fell through, they picked up Anderson, Crawford, Beasley, and Hall. I don’t know where Thomas fits in for restart.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      It looks like they’ve already officially signed Crawford, Beasley, and Anderson so maybe they’re signing Thomas instead of Donta Hall.

    • phenomenalajs

      Yes, but they shouldn’t worry too much. Wizards are without Beal, Bertans, and Wall and are six games behind the Nets. They would have to gain two games on the Nets in eight games, then beat the Nets in two straight games for that too happen.

    • phenomenalajs

      The Nets are not going to tank for that purpose, especially since it’s out of their control. If anything, they’ll want to fight harder to stay ahead of Orlando, not only to decrease the value of that pick, but also to avoid Milwaukee in the first round.

  2. Tazza

    Kennith Faried would be a solid pick up for the nets and would be a good big man to replace Jordan

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