Thomas Likely To Sign With Team In Italy

Deshaun Thomas Ohio State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – While a deal has not been finalized expect Bishop Luers graduate Deshaun Thomas to play professionally in Italy next season.
“It isn’t a done deal just yet, but it is likely,” Thomas told WANE-TV on Tuesday.
Thomas is likely to sign with Sidigas Avellino. It will be his second season abroad, as the former Ohio State standout spent last season with Nanterre in France. He led Nanterre in scoring at 12.2 points a game and helped the franchise win its first French League championship along with former OSU teammate David Lighty.
Thomas was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the 58th pick in the 2013 draft. He’s played for the Spurs’ Vegas Summer League team the last two summers. Last month he averaged 10.8 points while shooting 47.6 percent behind the arc in six games out in Vegas.
Thomas says the Spurs offered him a spot in camp, but he and his agent decided playing in Europe would be more beneficial.
“The Spurs kept a lot of guys and didn’t have guys retire like many people thought they would,” Thomas says. “At this point, me and my agent thought it was best to play in Europe for another season rather than go to Spurs camp to make sure I can provide for my family.”
Thomas says playing another season overseas allows the Spurs to keep his rights for another year.

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