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Oklahoma City Thunder sign Lance Thomas to training camp deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder have come to terms with former New Orleans Pelican Lance Thomas. The deal is for the duration of training camp and allows the Thunder a closer look at the 6’9″ small forward out of Duke University.

Thomas had been with the New Orleans Pelicans for three seasons and competed in 106 games – 19 of which he started. While playing a limited role, he was able to put up 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg over that time.

More recently, Thomas played with the Chicago Bulls in the Summer League competition. In five games, he managed to average 7.6ppg and 4.4rpg. Thomas went undrafted out of Duke but has stuck around due to his basketball IQ and willingness to work hard on both ends of the floor.

Standing an athletic 6’9″, Thomas will provide the Thunder with another big body to utilize throughout training camp. While the deal won’t guarantee him a spot on the roster, it will give him another chance to show what he can offer a team. Roster spots with OKC right now are very hard to come by as the roster is essentially filled.

Thomas who has worked hard on his game to improve his jump shot and to develop a nice mid-range aspect to his game will add value to the camp and continue his own development as a player. Guarding Kevin Durant won’t be easy, but it might be a nice addition to the resume.

Lance Thomas will also likely guard former teammate Anthony Morrow who cam to the Thunder from the Pelicans during this off season.


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