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Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas
Position: G
Born: 08/04/94
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:197 lbs. / 89.4 kg.
Salary: $1,517,981
Matt Thomas should be preparing for the homestretch to the NBA’s regular-season right now. Instead, he’s stuck at home, like the rest of the league’s players and coaches. The Onalaska High School graduate’s season is on hold because of the COVID-19 virus. “Just staying positive and just trying to make the most of it. It’s crazy though,” Thomas said during a phone interview Thursday.
Storyline: Coronavirus
Thomas said all the Raptors were tested and all came back negative for the virus. But due to the quarantine, Thomas hasn’t been able to work out in a gym in more than two weeks. “Not shooting a basket or being in a gym, it’s been, it’s hard to remember. I would say 10 or 11 years old, I’d say 5th or 6th grade when I really started to have that passion and love for the game, I’ve never been one to take time off. Even after seasons.”
The team has delivered food to Thomas and provided some workout equipment as well with the hopes they will re-start the season at some point. “It’s so hard to predict. What that looks like, I don’t know. Are we going to be playing games in front of fans or not? Are we playing in arenas? I’ve heard people talk about at team practice facilities if we are able to finish the season. It’s so hard to say right now.”
The remainder of the midlevel was used on sharpshooter Matt Thomas and second-round pick Dewan Hernandez, which might surprise some. Both players signed partially guaranteed three-year deals for the minimum salary. (Thomas has a fully guaranteed $900,000 for 2019-20, $725,000 guaranteed for 2020-21 and no guarantee for 2021-22. Hernandez has $500,000 guaranteed for 2019-20 and no guarantee beyond that.) The minimum salary exception — which allows teams to fill out rosters with minimum salaries if they’re over the cap — only allows for deals up to two years in length. To tack on a third year, the Raptors had to dip into their midlevel.