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Greg Logan: Former Knick Lance Thomas has worked out for #Nets, NBA source confirms to Newsday. Strong possibility to add to veteran presence.

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According to a league source, the Nets are seriously eyeing ex-Knick Lance Thomas, who has also scrimmaged with Knicks players this month. Thomas was the longest-tenured Knick before brass elected not to re-sign him.
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony wasn’t the only former Knick participating in informal 5-on-5 scrimmages with the team on Thursday. Veteran free agent Lance Thomas also played in the games, per a source.
As of Wednesday, the Knicks still held $4 million of cap space and then a $4.8 room exception. They had only one spot left, though, on their 15-man roster. Lance Thomas is the favorite, as The Post reported, to fill the final spot. Vince Carter has also been mentioned. The Knicks could sign two players and cut one after a training camp battle.
The Knicks currently have 14 players on standard NBA contracts and two players on two-way deals. In the regular season, teams can carry 15 players on standard contracts and two players on two-way deals. So, projecting ahead to the season, the Knicks have room on the roster for one more standard contract. New York has roughly $4 million in cap space remaining and a $4.7 million exception. One name in consideration: Lance Thomas.
The club would like to bring back the veteran Thomas if the sides can agree on terms, as SNY reported last month. Thomas is well-respected by the organization for his professionalism and as a mentor to younger players. An SNY source said the club remains in touch with Thomas. The New York Post reported on Tuesday that Thomas is a "favorite" for the remaining roster spot.
They’ve been reportedly linked to Julius Randle, Bobby Portis,and Terry Rozier, and, according to sources, have shown interest in bringing back Noah Vonleh and Lance Thomas. They haven’t expressed interest in taking back other teams’ problematic contracts to add long-term assets, preferring to prioritize only adding players who can help them be more competitive next season.
The club values his leadership, professionalism, and the way he's mentored the franchise's younger players. Speaking in general on free agency this summer, LanceThomas said, "We'll see what happens. Free agency is always unpredictable. You think you know until it happens, so let the cards fall where they want to and we'll see what happens."
The Knicks have shown interest in bringing back Lance Thomas next season, according to league sources, likely at the league minimum, as SNY’s Ian Begley first reported. Though Thomas signed a four-year deal in 2016 and is under contract for roughly $7.6 million next year, only $1 million is guaranteed and the team must make a decision by end of the month whether to pick up the whole thing. While Thomas, 31, played just 46 games in 2018-19 because of injuries and fell out of the rotation at times, he was well-liked by head coach David Fizdale for his veteran leadership and defensive versatility. Thomas also has distinct offensive skills — he was a 46 percent shooter on corner 3s in 2016-17 and 17-18, according to Cleaning The Glass, which made him one of the best forwards in the league at that.
New York Knickerbockers President Phil Jackson announced today that the team has re-signed forward Lance Thomas to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves never offered him a contract. But had many talks... - RT: Chris Haynes: Forward Lance Thomas has reached a multi-year agreement to re-sign with Knicks, league source tells @clevelanddotcom.
Ian Begley: Update: the Knicks have rescinded the $2.7 million qualifying offer to Langston Galloway, per league sources. This was likely done to fit Brandon Jennings' deal into cap space. This doesn't preclude the Knicks from re-signing Galloway but makes it a bit more difficult. The club has not renounced free agent Lance Thomas, so it can use Early Bird rights to sign him to a deal worth a max of approximately $6.2 million.
While defensive forward Lance Thomas has been courted by five clubs, even turning down an offer from the Clippers, his chances of remaining a Knick still are “better than 50-50,” according to an NBA source familiar with the matter. “He still wants to stay,” the source said. “He likes the moves they’ve done.” Thomas’ reps met with Knicks general manager Steve Mills here Sunday to debrief him on his free-agent courtings. The Knicks have a cap hold on Thomas, meaning they can go over the salary cap to re-sign him. The Knicks have his early Bird rights, and the max they can give him is a starting salary of roughly $6 million.
The Timberwolves, Spurs, Clippers, Thunder and Pelicans are interested, and Thomas has received at least two offers that would slightly top what the Knicks can do.
Ian Begley: Both Lance Thomas & Langston Galloway heard from several teams tonight. Among the teams to contact Thomas include the Thunder, Timberwolves, Nets and Hawks. The Knicks would like to keep both Galloway and Thomas. They extended a qualifying offer to Galloway earlier Thursday, which gives them the opportunity to match any offer made to the second-year guard. They have no such assurances with Thomas and it may be a challenge to fit Thomas' deal into their cap space if they hope to add a shooting guard and center Joakim Noah into their $30 million in room.
After averaging 8.2 points a game and shooting 40.4% from 3-point range for the Knicks last season, the free-agent forward and Brooklyn native is receiving interest from the Nets and about a dozen other teams, according to one source. The Knicks, too, are interested in possibly bringing Thomas back, the source said, but team president Phil Jackson has more pressing concerns in the free-agent market. For the 6-foot-8-inch Thomas, who attended two different high schools in New Jersey, the ability to pick his next team is a new luxury. The 28-year-old journeyman initially bounced between the D-League and New Orleans after leaving Duke. From there he played in China and Oklahoma City before landing at Madison Square Garden and becoming a reliable rotation player for the Knicks.
Ian Begley: Phil Jackson says that he expects to re-sign both Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas. But the Knicks likely will have competition for both players. The Thunder, Nets and Mavericks are among the teams who are expected to have interest in the 28-year-old Thomas, per league sources say. The market for Thomas is unclear but hell certainly benefit from the salary-cap increase. The cap will increase from $70 million to $94 million this summer.
Frank Isola: The Knicks want to he re-sign free agents Lance Thomas and Langston Galloway, two hard working role players & high character guys.
That number would jump to $35 million if the club renounced all of its free agents, including guard Langston Galloway and forward Lance Thomas. The guess here, though, is that both Galloway and Thomas will be back. But the Knicks likely will have competition for both players. The Thunder, Nets and Mavericks are among the teams who are expected to have interest in the 28-year-old Thomas, sources say.
Industry sources believe Thomas can triple his salary and get a mid-level-range contract, perhaps starting at $4.5 million. The Knicks, if they exercise a cap hold of $2 million, can make a competitive offer because they hold Thomas’ early Bird rights. “I love New York,” Thomas said. “I really don’t know what’s going to happen, to be honest. I love New York, I’m from the area. If it works out that way, I’d love to come back.”
Still, Thomas’ season ended morosely. He re-injured his left knee during a non-contact pregame warmup drill in Denver on March 8 and missed the rest of the season. According to a source, Thomas inflamed a nerve inside the knee — a different injury than his knee sprain from late January. Thomas said he would’ve been ready to return had the Knicks made the playoffs. A source said signing with a playoff contender also will be a factor for Thomas now that he finally may have choices.
Giving up his other 2015 signees Arron Afflalo and bench sparkplug Derrick Williams, though, is unlikely. Despite their recent slumps, the Knicks consider Arron Afflalo and Derrick Williams as revelations, part of the core and prefer they don’t opt out. Robin Lopez and Lance Thomas are also part of the inner circle.
For now, NBA coaches are talking up Thomas more than the media and fans. Thomas signed this offseason for a little more than the minimum — a one-year, $1.5 million deal. But come July 1, when Thomas becomes a free agent again, the fans may become disappointed when Knicks president Phil Jackson is unable to re-sign him because of his growing price tag. The Brooklyn-born Duke product is shooting an excellent 47.7 percent — 41.6 from 3-point range – and averaging 8.7 points per game. Until this season, Thomas never had a 3-point shot, attempting 22 in his first four seasons. He’s already taken 77 this season and it’s mid-January. It would seem that vague Most Improved Player Award is meant for the kind of season Thomas is weaving.
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But as the Sun-Times learned this week, even if Karnisovas didn’t like what he would have seen from Boylen he would likely be handcuffed from making a change. According to several sources, there is strong growing momentum that financial concerns the Reinsdorfs have about the 2020-21 NBA season will keep Boylen in his current seat, as well as most of the coaching staff.
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