HoopsHype Lance Thomas rumors

July 10, 2013 Updates
June 11, 2013 Updates

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

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

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