The New Orleans Pelicans are a team that could potentially be a sleeper in the 2013-2014 NBA season. Though Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, their key additions from this summer, aren’t going to have as big of an impact as players like Dwight Howard or someone would, they are going to make this Pelicans team exponentially better.
Though the Pelicans have a loaded roster up front and actually have some solid depth, they would be in an extremely difficult place if any of their pieces were to get injured. They don’t exactly have third players at any position. Luckily for them, it seems like that’s an issue that they are addressing.
The Pelicans announced on Thursday that they have signed forward Lance Thomas, per NBA.com. As is part of the Pelicans’ policy as an organization, though, the details of Thomas’ contract were not released with the announcement of the signing.
Thomas has played two seasons in the league, both of which were in New Orleans. He’s played a total of 101 games and has averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 12.6 minutes per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
Though he didn’t receive any overwhelming opportunities last season in New Orleans, he was solid when he was on the floor. He averaged 1.01 points per possession on offense, the 56th best rate in the league, and allowed only 0.82 points per possession defensively, the 87th best rate in the league.
Thomas probably won’t see much time in the Pelicans rotation this season, but he’s going to be solid as injury insurance and a third forward. New Orleans continues to build a solid team this summer that could make some noise and surprise some people this season.