In an interesting development, NBA veteran Tyrus Thomas has signed to play in Germany next season, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. See below.
Former NBA player Tyrus Thomas, who played for the Grizzlies last season, has signed with Germany Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) September 4, 2015
En route to an NBA comeback after last playing for the Charlotte Hornets in 2012-13, Thomas turned up in the D-League last season, hitting the hardwood for the Iowa Energy. And while his numbers might not necessarily suggest it (Thomas averaged 5.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in 18.7 minutes per contest), the forward playing very well.
He proved not to be washed up at all. Moreover, Thomas quickly bought into a cohesive team concept while joining the Energy midway through the year. The team was well in the midst of a promising ascend to the minor league postseason. To his own credit, Thomas wasn't one to draw too much attention to himself or disrupt the team's rhythm. He earned positive feedback from his teammates and coaches alike, and showed immense professionalism while accepting a bench role. The 29 year old appeared in sixteen games, and later had his NBA comeback realized (albeit it, rather briefly) after playing in two games for the affiliated Memphis Grizzlies.
Despite this, he'll now reportedly head overseas. On one hand, it's nice to see him cash in on some recent success and earn a more lucrative contract while still relatively in his athletic prime. On the other hand, perhaps he would have remained stateside if an NBA team showed enough interest in potentially giving him a chance at another shot. Thomas certainly seemed to deserve it.