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The Grizzlies are considering several players, including NBA veteran Tyrus Thomas, for a 10-day contract, although nothing is imminent. Thomas played seven seasons in the league with the Chicago Bulls and Charlotte Bobcats. He’s now playing for the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate, Iowa Energy, after sitting out the past two years following surgery to remove a cyst from his spinal cord. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Adding Thomas is a “50/50” proposition, according to sources with knowledge of the Grizzlies’ plans. However, Memphis is expected to evaluate a player with its 15th and final roster spot because it moved comfortably under the luxury tax threshold after a three-team trade that landed versatile forward Jeff Green from Boston last week. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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Thomas returned to the court at the D-League Showcase on Friday in hopes of making his way back to the NBA. He is making $9.3 million this season from the final year of his amnestied contract with Charlotte. "The last two years I've just been miserable," Thomas told Yahoo Sports on Friday morning. "I hate when people say, 'You're getting paid, so it's cool.' No, it's not [expletive] cool. I'm [expletive] miserable sitting at home. "I'm not broke. I'm not desperate for money. When playing basketball is what you love to do and you physically can't do it and you still have that urge to do it, it's tough." Yahoo! Sports

"After I was amnestied, I felt I was left for dead, as far as the NBA world was concerned," Thomas said. Yahoo! Sports

"Some days I wouldn't feel as strong as I should be," Thomas said of his spinal issue. "Some days I felt weird. I would have headaches for no reason. I wasn't feeling like myself. I didn't know what the problem was, whether it was a physical problem or mental problem. But I wanted to figure it out before I started back playing so I could be as effective as I can be." Yahoo! Sports

"I haven't played ball in almost two years," Thomas said. "This is an opportunity for me to see where I am physically. I don't know what my body is going to be. I think the rehab and training that I have done has been sufficient to get me to this point to get me back playing ball. "I have been miserable not playing ball. Just playing ball on any level, that's what I love to do." Yahoo! Sports

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