HoopsHype Lance Thomas rumors

November 12, 2013 Updates

Williams correctly points out the club could not anticipate second-year power forward Darius Miller suffering a stress fracture in his left foot that required corrective surgery in September, sidelining him indefinitely, nor the toe chip fracture sustained by forward Ryan Anderson that still keeps him off the floor and could for several more weeks. Tuesday moves, he said, have been pondered for the last few weeks. "I don't make rash decisions," Williams said. "It's like everybody always thinks the worst all the time. It's seven games. There's no need for all that. We're going to try to tweak our roster as best we can to try to get better. That's the bottom line." New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 3, 2013 Updates

On off days, Thomas has continued to enjoy being a full-time New Orleans resident, including some of the perks that are specific to this area. “I love it here – the gym’s available 24 hours a day, and I love to fish,” Thomas said, smiling. “It’s a win-win for me. I get to work on my craft every day, then I get to relax on the water. In the past two years, I’ve probably only been home (to New York) for a total of maybe three or four weeks. “I love this city, the food and how nice people are. I’m happy to be re-signed.” NBA.com

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Forward Lance Thomas also is hoping the Pelicans will extend him a contract offer. The Pelicans waived Thomas last Wednesday to clear salary cap space for the franchise to sign center Greg Stiemsma. If the Pelicans had not waived Thomas, he would have been guaranteed to earn $884,293 this upcoming season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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The Pelicans have averaged about eight players per session for their offseason volunteer workouts at the Alario Center. Some of the players participating have included forward Al Farouq Aminu, guard Brian Roberts, forward Lance Thomas, forward Darius Miller and forward Anthony Davis. ``It has been nice, the gym has been rocking,’’ Williams said.``We’re going to see how it goes, but our guys are enjoying it for sure.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 30, 2013 Updates

The NCAA has finished its inquiry into a 2009 jewelry purchase totaling nearly $100,000 by former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas and found no wrongdoing. There will be no disciplinary action against the school. “The NCAA has found no evidence of a rules violation in this situation based on the information available, and both the NCAA and Duke consider the matter closed,” said a university statement released by associate athletic director Jon Jackson. Raleigh News & Observer

October 1, 2012 Updates

Former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas said Monday no NCAA rules were broken in his 2009 jewelry purchase that has Duke and the NCAA looking for answers. Thomas, entering his second season with the New Orleans Hornets, spoke for the first time about his $97,800 purchase from a New York City jewelry store during his senior season with the Blue Devils. When asked if he was involved in an NCAA violation, Thomas said, “No. I don’t think so.” Rafaello and Company, the company that runs Manhattan jeweler A&A Diamonds, sued Thomas in a Texas court last January for nonpayment of a $67,800 balance. The suit was filed in an Austin, Texas, court because at the time Thomas was playing with the NBA Developmental League’s Austin Toros. The Herald Sun

September 18, 2012 Updates

Former Duke player Lance Thomas has settled a lawsuit that claimed he owed almost $70,000 from a jewelry purchase made during his senior season. "We have reached a settlement," Mike Bowers, the attorney for Raefello & Co., wrote in an email to the News & Observer. "I cannot make further comment." According to the suit, Thomas made a $30,000 down payment and was supposed to pay the remaining balance of $67,800 within 15 days of the transaction that occurred in December of 2009. Nearly four months later, the Blue Devils won their fourth national title under coach Mike Krzyzewski. When the lawsuit become public earlier this month, questions arose about how Thomas was able to afford the purchase while a college student and why he was extended a significant line of credit. If he received an impermissible benefit, he would be ruled ineligible and Duke could possibly be stripped of the championship. USA Today

The attorney for the New York City jeweler who is suing former Duke basketball player Lance Thomas said his client and Thomas are settling their dispute over a jewelry bill totaling nearly $100,000. “We have reached a tentative settlement agreement,” said Mike Bowers, a Dallas-based attorney representing A+A Diamonds of New York City. “We are working to document it at this time.” The Herald Sun

September 11, 2012 Updates

According to the lawsuit filed by Manhattan jeweler Rafaello & Co. against Thomas, the former Duke player made a $30,000 down payment on five pieces of diamond jewelry worth $97,300 on Dec. 19, 2009. That gives the NCAA until Dec. 19, 2013 to notify Duke of any potential violations. In addition to the truncated timeline, the NCAA faces other hurdles in gathering information, Infante said. Since Thomas is no longer under the NCAA’s purview, he is not required to talk to the organization and also cannot be forced to talk. And since the NCAA does not have subpoena power, Rafaello & Co. or any other involved party cannot be made to talk either. Raleigh News & Observer

“If everybody keeps their mouth shut and everybody refuses to talk to the NCAA, and by everybody I mean Thomas and the jeweler and whoever might have provided him this $30,000 if it did come from someone else, then there’s not much the NCAA can do if they don’t get information,” Infante said. Thomas, then in the middle of his senior year, signed a purchase agreement stating that he would pay the remaining $67,300 balance on the jewelry in 15 days. He did not have a co-signer on the purchase agreement, Bowers said. Raleigh News & Observer

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