Monday morning is the earliest NBA teams can sign players to 10-day contracts and, apparently, they aren't going to waste any time going to work. Austin Toros forward Lance Thomas is the first D-League player to get a call-up as he's expected to re-sign with the New Orleans Hornets.
The former Duke Blue Devils forward actually began the season with the Hornets, but was released after appearing in just two games. A recent injury to fellow power forward Carl Landry opened the door for his return to New Orleans.
Since returning to the Development League, Thomas was averaging 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while being lauded for his heady decision-making and positive attitude. It isn't exactly a surprise move as I wrote for SB Nation this morning that Thomas was one of the top two power forward prospects expected to gain NBA interest this week as 10-day contracts began.
Lance Thomas, 23, Austin Toros
Season Summary: Thomas was actually with the Hornets to start the season, but that didn't last long and he returned to the Spurs' affiliate. In 19 games this season, Thomas is averaging 15.2 points and 7.7 rebounds while helping the Toros to the best record in the league.
Scout's Take: "Lance is just a winner. He won a national championship at Duke and was the best big for Team USA at the Pan-Am Games this fall. He's not exceptional at anything, but he could fit in a lot of places considering he has the right attitude."
It'll be interesting to see who's next -- and how soon it happens.