Adonis Thomas, the 6'7" small forward who the Nets nurtured at Springfield, will join the team's summer league entry, reports L. of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Thomas' hometown.
Former Memphis Tiger @AllDayThomas will play for the Brooklyn Nets in the Orlando Pro Summer League July 5-11, Thomas' agent says.— L. Jason Smith (@TheCAJasonSmith) June 5, 2014
Thomas, 21, finished the season in Philadelphia after a late season call-up, one of two he had during the D-League season. The Sixers' rights to him run out on June 30, making him a free agent in time for the July 6 opening day of the Orlando D-League. Despite playing only six games and scoring only 14 points in those games (38 minutes), the Nets remain high on Thomas' potential. They signed him in the middle of training camp last season so they could send him to the now-defunct Armor, where he played 34 games, averaging 17.1 points, including 25.0 over his final four games. He also shot 47% from three-point range, which placed him third in the D-League.
In 2011, Thomas was ranked in the top five among high school players -- No. 1 by the Sporting News -- but a series of injuries and some inconsistent play at Memphis cost him and he went undrafted. He was cut from the Hawks training camp before joining the Nets camp last summer. In addition to his end-of-the-season 10 day from Philly, Thomas also had two 10-days from Orlando in mid-season.
Here's his D-League highlight package...
Meanwhile, the European agent for Mantas Kalnietis, who impressed the Nets at their free agent camp, threw cold water on the prospect of his client playing for the summer league team, citing issues related to his insurance -- Kalnietis remains under contract with his Russian team -- and interest from other teams, including he said the Knicks, Trail Blazers and Spurs. Kalnietis will remain in the U.S., his agent, Tadas Bulotas, said.
In fact, Portland has reportedly invited him for a workout.
Mantas Kalnietis will stay in the US for a bit longer. Trail Blazers have invited the Lithuanian guard for a work-out in Portland. #Blazers— Simonas Baranauskas (@LithuaniaBasket) June 6, 2014
Bulotas, who works with Arn Tellem's Wasserman Media Group in the US, spoke on Lietuvos Rytas TV, a major Lithuanian sports channel. He also raised the issue of whether Kalnietis would get more than the minimum, which may be all the Nets can offer him.
Bulotas: "Kalnietis is a valued player in Europe. Question is if an NBA team is ready to pay more than minumum, w/out NBA experience."— Simonas Baranauskas (@LithuaniaBasket) June 6, 2014
So far, two players -- Nick Minnerath, a 6'9" small forward, and Michael Jenkins, a 6'4" guard -- have said they've accepted the Nets offer.