July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Chicago Bulls forward Malcolm Thomas (14) defends against Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lamb (1) during the first half at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Over the past couple of weeks, we've celebrated an array of different D-League alum and prospects for simply catching on with NBA teams for training camp, which starts in less than two weeks.
But while many seem to be just content and grateful for merely the opportunity to fight their way and/or sneak on a roster, there's one skilled D-League big man who is looking for more. Take the jump to read on.
Searching for more than just an invite to NBA training camp, Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Malcolm Thomas has been working out for teams in hopes of securing a guaranteed deal. Though he still remains humble, perhaps the big man has the skill and proven talent to back up his bold asking price.
Thomas was named to All-NBA D-League First Team this past season, after averaging 13.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per contest. He ended up donning three D-League team uniforms when the campaign was all said and done, but concluded the season on a high-note as he led the D-Fenders all the way to The Finals. Averaging a double-double off the bench in the postseason, Thomas averaged 17.9 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.
As he looks to achieve that NBA dream, Thomas participated in a two-day workout with the New York Knicks last week. According to RealGM, New York executives liked what they saw but no formal offer has been made as of yet.
At this point, the Knicks will fill a crowded gym during training camp, as 19 different players are set to hit the hardwood for the team next month. Six of those players, however, are signed to non-guaranteed contracts. While that does mean a couple of those prospects could end up with the Erie BayHawks (should they be cut by New York), it also means that the team could also end up having two free roster spots as well. Perhaps Thomas could step in and secure one of those slots as the Knicks continue to search for a backup forward to Amar'e Stoudemire.