No word on Thomas’ return after waiver move

LAS VEGAS — Forward Lance Thomas, a former roster player on the Pelicans, has not returned to the Summer League squad after being waived Wednesday.

“As of 11 (a.m. Thursday), he’s not with us,” Pelicans Summer League coach Bryan Gates said.

It is uncertain whether Thomas, who appeared in 59 contests with nine starts last season and averaged 2.5 points and 1.9 rebounds, will return to the Summer League team as an unsigned free agent.

The Duke product played 101 games (19 starts) in two seasons with New Orleans, averaging 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds.

Ready to go

Gates can sense that his players are glad to see the Pelicans’ minicamp come to a close and Friday’s game against the New York Knicks being less than 24 hours away.

“The big things you concentrate on (are) your defensive rebounding and your ability to guard the pick-and-roll, value the basketball, keeping your turnovers limited,” Gates said. “Because it is new, there is some excitement to it; you’re excited to play. You’re beating on somebody else. We’ve been in the gym together all day, every day for the last four days, and now we can beat on somebody else.”

Coming up

The Pelicans’ second Summer League game will be against Milwaukee at 7:30 p.m. CST Sunday. The third contest is against Cleveland at 5 p.m. CST Monday.

The league’s tournament starts July 17 and ends July 22 with the championship game.