According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs will be calling up current NBA D-League player Malcolm Thomas who spent time in San Antonio two years ago.
Hearing: Malcolm Thomas will soon be on his way to San Antonio as a D-League callup from the LA D-Fenders— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 2, 2013
San Antonio has had @Malcolm4Thomas in its program before both w/Spurs & Austin Toros. Pulled from D-Fenders' game tonight vs. Bakersfield— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 2, 2013
Thomas had just played his first two games with the Los Angeles Defenders where he opened up averaging 33.5 points and 15.5 rebounds. Thomas played in three games with the Spurs during the 2011-12 season (lockout season) and was also a teammate of Kawhi Leonard's when Leonard was in college at San Diego State University.
Thomas has also spent time with the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls while also playing with other D-League clubs like the Austin Toros, Rio Grand Valley Vipers, and Santa Cruz Warriors in the last two years.
Also of note on Sunday, the Spurs sent Aron Baynes and Nando De Colo to the D-League to play with the Austin Toros in their home opener. With one vacant roster spot remaining, the Spurs would have to sign Thomas to put him in a San Antonio uniform once more.
What are your thoughts Spurs fans?
I am very much on board with this move! This kid has real talent. I thought that he should have made the roster his first time out. It all depends on rather or not Pop is gonna give him the "personal project treatment" that he gave Green and Neal!
I believe that if he gives this kid the opportunity to show him what he can do, this could be good. Very very good!!
I thought of Ibaka also but he will need to gain another 20 lbs of muscle mass to begin to have a chance at someday having his kind of impact. He is only an inch shorter than Ibaka.
If he works hard, he has the chance to be something like Ibaka now that he appears to have a jumper that extends out to and beyond the 3 point line. He's always been pretty solid defensively, being a pretty damn good weak side shot blocker and ball thief.
He's pretty springy and athetic, too. DX doesn't have a MAX (running) vert for him but his "no step" vert measured out at 32.5".
Cons: Has been waived or not re-signed by all 5 teams he has played for outside of the D-League. Has not been signed by the Lakers even though he plays for their D-League team.
Pros: Has put up spectacular numbers in losing efforts in the first 2 games of the D-League season. Knows Kawhi.
Wow this could be a huge steal not to mention we will finally have a athletic big. No disrespect to matt bonner;)
I like the signing of Malcolm again. I thought he was close to sticking last time, and he seemed to do well with the Bulls. I also agree with sending DeColo to Austin. On Baynes, I'm not sure why he was good enough to get decent playing time last year in the playoffs, but isn't good enough now for the regular season, despite his hard work on his game over the summer.
I think he can stick around as the 15th man on the roster. He's exactly the back up we needed for KLEO. That, plus Josh Howard is not panning out for the Toros.
I like this move. Thomas has shown real improvement over the years and appears ready for the next level. I think he has potential as a stretch four who offers plus defence and decent shooting. I genuinely think he has a shot to make the team. Go get ‘em young fella.
I actually think he possibly projects as a good Bonner replacement. Not sure anybody we get is going to have Bonner’s success over an extended period with the long ball, but Thomas projects out as a plus defender and rebounder. If he can knock down the three consistently, and handle some of the big guys at a decent level, he may well serve as a Red Rocket replacement next season.
@MOlsen To be fair, Baynes didn't really "play in the playoffs" last year, he played the role of "6 hard fouls" against the Lakers. He's been just awful this year.