Warriors to sign Malcolm Thomas

Warriors to sign Malcolm Thomas
March 8, 2013, 10:15 am
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Malcolm Thomas is expected to be in uniform tonight for the Warriors against Houston. (USA TODAY IMAGES) 

Programming note: Warriors-Rockets coverage gets underway tonight at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area

The Golden State Warriors will sign Malcolm Thomas of the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League to a 10-day contact, coach Mark Jackson confirmed.

Thomas was en route to Oakland during the team’s shootaround Friday morning, but will be in uniform for the team’s game against Houston Friday night.

“I thought he was the best big guy in the summer league in Vegas,” Jackson said. “Played extremely well and we get an opportunity to take a close look at him see what we have, but he’s a guy that we like.”

Jackson said he’s not opposed to giving Thomas, a 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward, some minutes against Houston, but acknowledged he still has to beat out other guys.

The San Diego State product’s stint with the D-Fenders lasted just one game. He played 41 minutes and scored 13 points with 17 rebounds on Wednesday after joining the team following five months with Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. He was named to the All-NBA D-League First team and All-NBA D-League Defensive First Team last season when he spent time with the Austin Toros and Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Thomas also played in three games for the San Antonio Spurs last season, scoring one point and pulling down three rebounds in 15 minutes.

The signing was first reported by Mark Stein of ESPN.