Nets sign former Knicks forward, but it’s not Carmelo Anthony
Lance Thomas is crossing over the Brooklyn Bridge.
The 6-foot-8 forward, who spent the last four-and-a-half seasons with the Knicks before he was waived in June, signed with the Nets on Friday. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Thomas’ signing comes amid reports of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant pushing for the Nets to sign another former Knicks star in Carmelo Anthony, per The Athletic. Multiple reports said several players on the Nets are “fully in favor” of Anthony coming aboard.
Thomas nearly started his career with the Nets after he was a member of the team’s Summer League squad after going undrafted in 2010. However, the team — which made the move to the Prudential Center in Newark to become the New Jersey Nets in the 2010-11 season -– did not extend the Duke product a contract.
Thomas appeared in 264 games for the Knicks, starting in 92 of them while collecting 1,592 points from 2014-19. The Knicks waived the 31-year-old just before he was set to enter the final season of his four-year, $27.5 million deal.
The Knicks were rumored to be interested in bringing Thomas back, but not at his original $7.6 million price tag.
With Thomas, the Nets add some much-needed depth to their frontcourt, which will be without former Knicks’ first-round pick Wilson Chandler to start the season after he received a 25-game performance-enhancing drug suspension.
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