Los Angeles D-Fenders Forward Malcolm Thomas Signs with Chicago Bulls
NEW YORK, March 19, 2013 – The Chicago Bulls today signed Los Angeles D-Fenders forward Malcolm Thomas for the 27th GATORADE Call-Up of the 2012-13 NBA Development League season. Thomas is one of 122 players on NBA rosters with NBA D-League experience.
Thomas (6-9, 225, San Diego State) returns to the NBA following a 10-day stint with the Golden State Warriors. During that earlier Call-Up, he played in five games for Golden State, scoring three points in 21 minutes and was assigned to the team’s NBA D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, for one game when he scored eight points in 39 minutes. Prior to earning the call from the Warriors, Thomas played in one game for the D-Fenders, a 99-86 victory over the Texas Legends on March 6, when he scored 13 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in 41 minutes.
A veteran of 19 regular season games last season with the D-Fenders, Thomas averaged 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 32.3 minutes during that stretch. In seven postseason games for the team during the 2011-12 season, he averaged 17.9 points, 12.3 rebounds and 34.6 minutes, as the D-Fenders advanced to the 2012 NBA D-League Finals. He also saw NBA D-League action with the Austin Toros and Rio Grande Valley Vipers on assignment last season.
Today’s Call-Up to Chicago marks the fourth of Thomas’ career, including earning the call from Golden State earlier this year and signing with the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets from the D-Fenders last season. He has scored four NBA career points in 36 minutes over eight games.
Thomas is expected to join the Bulls today and be available when the team hosts the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday, March 21.