Unrestricted free agent Malcolm Thomas will work out with the Knicks over the next two days in hopes of landing a guaranteed contract from the team, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com.
After signing a slew of players to non-guaranteed deals this week, Thomas, who the Knicks have long been impressed with, is looking for the clubs final guaranteed contract.
Thomas’ agent has made it clear that he will not sign a training camp deal.
Thomas shined as a key contributor on the Chicago Bulls’ summer league team in July, being selected to the Vegas All-Star squad with averages of 11.4 points and 12.4 rebounds.
He appeared in three games for the Spurs last season, and also signed a 10-day contract with the Rockets, though he didn’t appear in any games for Houston. He saw his stock increase after that standout performance with the Bulls’ summer league squad in July, and was reportedly drawing interest from the Clippers, Bulls, Hawks, and Bobcats.
Over the past week, Thomas has been sorting through offers from NBA, EuroLeague and Chinese teams.
However it is unlikely any of those came with a guarantee or he likely would have taken it, unless he’s determined to play in the Big Apple.
I like the prospects of potentially adding a project such as Thomas. He has an upside and could develop into something rather nice. But I don’t like having to offer him a guaranteed deal. I would prefer sending him to the D-League and calling upon him if needed. For a team that’s apparently “all-in,” this season, the Knicks may be better off handing their last guaranteed deal to a proven big man who can come off the bench and contribute by playing defense and rebounding.
Thomas averaged 11.4 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior at San Diego State in 2011.
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