Thomas Welsh RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Nick Kosmider: The Nuggets have waived two-way center Thomas Welsh, per a source. That leaves one open regular roster spots and two 2-way spots on Denver’s roster, with second-round pick Bol Bol still to sign.
Before kicking off their weekends, several Denver Nuggets players went through a grueling workout session at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The high altitude (the amphitheatre sits at 6,450 feet above sea level at its peak height) and plethora of steep steps provide the players with a challenging training session. Monte Morris, Will Barton, Jarred Vanderbilt, Michael Porter Jr., Thomas Welsh and Brandon Goodwin participated in the Friday morning workout.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets have transferred Thomas Welsh back from his stint with the Iowa Wolves. Welsh posted double-doubles in each of his last three games and averaged 16.7 pts on an incredibly efficient 66.7% shooting (22-33 FG’s, 3-4 3FGs), 11.7 rebs and 2 asts per game.
What even some of his teammates and those around him don’t know is that Welsh has been radiating all these positive, magnetic vibes while also dealing with profound loss, a cutting grief that paralleled one of the biggest transitions of his life.
Thomas Welsh gripped the basketball tight with both hands and stared ahead as he collected his thoughts. It’s been only seven months since his father, his best friend and biggest supporter, Pat Welsh, passed away after a battle with cancer that lasted more than three years. He was 51. The pain is still there, just a beat behind the surface. “It hasn’t been easy,” Welsh said. “He’s always been my role model. He would tell me stories about how, in high school, he was a center too. He was 6-(foot)-2, but he would talk about how he would play against taller guys and outhustle them for rebounds. He averaged a double-double his senior year and would always point that out. It was hilarious. He was my best friend. It’s been tough to go through such a transition point without him in my life.”
“Around pick 56 or so, the Nuggets contacted him and said, ‘Hey, we want to take you at 58,’” Henry said. “He just had this huge smile on his face as he was answering the phone. It was just an unbelievably surreal and incredible thing for me to be there and see how happy he was. I know firsthand how hard he worked his whole career to get there and how gracious he has been through it all. I really think there wasn’t a player in the draft who deserved it more.”
Harrison Wind: Injury report for Nuggets/Pels: Torrey Craig (left hamstring tightness) is questionable. Barton, Thomas, Porter Jr, Vanderbilt are all out. Denver has also recalled two-way rookie Thomas Welsh from the G League. Elfrid Payton (finger) is out for New Orleans.
Adam Johnson: Denver Nuggets have made plans for where their two-way players will play in the G League for the 2018-19 season: Devaughn Akoon-Purcell: @Delaware Blue Coats Thomas Welsh: @Capital City Go-Go Nuggets utilized RGV and Sioux Falls frequently last season.
Chris Dempsey: So, Thomas Welsh and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell are occupying the #Nuggets 2-way contracts for this season. The Nuggets now have a full roster of guaranteed deals, plus 2-way deals. All 17 spots are accounted for.
Bobby Marks, ESPN: The Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City) and Khyri Thomas (Detroit) signings now have 17 players selected in the second round of the June Draft under contract. Each of the second round picks have at a minimum of three years on their contract except for Jevon Carter (Memphis). The point guard was restricted to only two years because Memphis had signed Kyle Anderson to the full midlevel exception. The top three players with the most guaranteed money are Rodions Kurucs ($4.8M), Jalen Brunson ($4.3M) and Gary Trent Jr. ($3.9M). In addition, the last three players selected in the second round, Thomas Welsh, George King and Kostas Antetokounmpo were signed to Two-Way Contracts.
Chris Dempsey: A couple of players will sit out of tonight’s #Nuggets game. Tyler Lydon (rest) and Thomas Welsh (rest/sore shoulder). The Nuggets don’t want to push Lydon’s left knee, which had meniscus surgery, too much. Welsh was to get a game off anyway, so they’ll do it now.
Harrison Wind: Can confirm Nuggets intend to sign 58th overall pick Thomas Welsh to a two-way contract. Welsh is a true 7-footer with a knockdown jumper. He hit 40% of his threes last season at UCLA. He’s in line for a significant role later this week at Summer League @BSNDenver
TJ McBride: Here is the #Nuggets summer league roster that I have been able to confirm so far: Stan Okoyo Kenrich Williams Andre Spight Malik Beasley Monte Morris Thomas Welsh Tyler Lydon Roster is subject to change.
The possibility kept growing. And growing. So, as Thursday morning rolled around and the NBA Draft crept closer, Tim Connelly asked agent Mark Bartelstein if he would put his young client, Michael Porter Jr., on the phone. Bartelstein obliged and, just hours before the draft began, Connelly had his first official conversation with the surprise pick of the draft no one saw coming. “Quite frankly, I thought it was a conversation just in case,” Connelly, Denver’s president of basketball operations, said late Thursday night, after Denver drafted Porter and, in the second round, Kentucky forward Jared Vanderbilt and UCLA big man Thomas Welsh. “I didn’t think it was a real possibility. We met about it extensively over the last 48 hours — what if, what if, what if. This morning, the what-if became a bit more real.”