HoopsHype Lance Thomas rumors

September 11, 2012 Updates

No one quite knows where Thomas got the $30,000 to purchase the jewelry his senior season that now has both he and the Duke men's basketball program in the spotlight, but I just find it difficult to imagine it came via an agent. I've been told by multiple sources close to Thomas that it came from within the family, but no one is talking on the record. CBSSports.com

September 8, 2012 Updates

A starter on Duke's 2010 national championship team purchased nearly $100,000 in custom jewelry that season from a New York firm that caters to professional athletes and is now suing him for failing to pay the balance of what he owes. Lance Thomas purchased five pieces of diamond jewelry at a cost of $97,800 on Dec. 21, 2009, in the middle of his senior season, according the lawsuit. Documents included with the suit indicate he made a $30,000 down payment and received $67,800 in credit from the firm, the balance that remains unpaid. CBSSports.com

The Associated Press recently obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which was filed in January but hasn't been publicly disclosed. It was filed in Austin, Texas, because Thomas was playing for the Austin Toros of the NBA Developmental League at the time. A Duke spokesman said the university knows about the lawsuit and is looking into it. "We have been made aware of a lawsuit filed by a jeweler against former men's basketball player Lance Thomas and we are currently looking into the matter," said Jon Jackson, the school's associate athletic director for media relations. CBSSports.com

Bowers said he's seen no evidence that anyone other than Thomas was involved in the transaction and he doesn't know why the Duke player was extended credit for most of the purchase. "It was a clean, clear-cut transaction between Mr. Thomas and my client, and I don't see anything that warrants me asking anything beyond that," Bowers said. "Speaking hypothetically, if he came in on a bicycle with tattered jeans, I doubt seriously he would have been sold jewelry, but I'm not drawing conclusions. The terms here are clear." CBSSports.com

September 7, 2012 Updates

Professional basketball player, Lance Thomas, who spent time with the NBA’s Developmental League team in Austin, is being sued for nearly $100,000 of jewelry he allegedly purchased while in college. A New York firm that caters to professional athletes filed the lawsuit in Austin and claims Thomas bought the jewelry in the middle of his senior year, the same year he started for Duke’s 2010 national championship team. CBS

June 6, 2012 Updates

2011 USA Pan American Games bronze medalists Greg Stiemsma (Boston Celtics) and Lance Thomas (New Orleans Hornets) have been added to the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team roster that will train against the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team during its July 6-12 training camp in Las Vegas, Nev. USA Basketball also announced that Ryan Anderson (Orlando Magic / California) has withdrawn from the USA Select squad, leaving 14 players on the roster. “We made a commitment back in October that we would select two players from the 2011 USA Pan American Games Team and invite them to be part of the 2012 USA Select Team,” explained Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. “Greg (Stiemsma) and Lance (Thomas) were valuable contributors to the USA’s bronze medal showing at the 2011 Pan American Games and both earned their way on to NBA rosters this season and demonstrated they can contribute at that level. I'm pleased to have both players join the USA Select Team.” NBA.com

May 24, 2012 Updates

Hornets forward Lance Thomas will participate with the USA Basketball Select Team in Las Vegas, agent John Spencer told HoopsHype. Thomas won the bronze medal with the U.S. squad at the Panamerican Games last year. Sulia

February 28, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Lance Thomas for the rest of the season and inked forward Solomon Jones to a second 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the contracts were not released. Thomas has been with the Hornets for two consecutive 10-day contracts, appearing in nine games during that span with averages of 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Thomas, a Duke University product, appeared in two regular season games with the Hornets before being released on December 31, averaging 0.5 points. In two preseason games (both starts), he averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. SportsNOLA.com

February 26, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets are going to sign forward Lance Thomas for the remainder of the season after extending him two, 10-day contracts, league sources confirmed Sunday. The Hornets also plan to extend center-forward Solomon Jones a second, 10-day contract. Both deals are expected to be announced after the All-Star break later this week. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 17, 2012 Updates

The Hornets signed forward Lance Thomas to a second, 10-day contract Thursday. Thomas has played in seven games for the Hornets, averaging 2.0 points and 2.4 rebounds. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 16, 2012 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have signed forward Lance Thomas to a second 10-day contract. Thomas, a Duke University product, has appeared in seven games for the Hornets this season, averaging 2.0 points and 2.4 rebounds (1.6 offensive) in just under seven minutes per game. Thomas appeared in two regular season games with the Hornets before being released on December 31st, 2011, and in two preseason games with New Orleans (both starts), he averaged 3.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. NBA.com

February 6, 2012 Updates

New Orleans general manager Dell Demps says the Hornets plan to sign forward Lance Thomas to a 10-day contract on Monday. The move comes as forward Carl Landry recovers from a left knee injury that occurred during the Hornets' loss at Detroit on Saturday night. ESPN.com

December 31, 2011 Updates

The New Orleans Hornets waived free-agent forward Lance Thomas on Saturday, trimming their roster to 14 and at the same time shrinking a crowded reserve front court that will fight for minutes this season. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 8, 2011 Updates

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