Etan Thomas signed with the Atlanta Hawks in September and was used sparingly throughout the season appearing in just 13 regular season games and one playoff contest. Thomas spent a large portion of the season in a suit and was primarily used as the emergency big man when the Hawks faced a team with a quality center.
Thomas finished the season with averages of 2.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He had open heart surgery that cost him the entire 2007-08 season and since then has appeared in 62 games over the next three seasons each with a different club. At 32 years of age, he perhaps brings more in the leadership department than he does to the floor. Thomas signed a one year deal with the Hawks for slightly more than $850,000. He will be a free agent next season.
When Atlanta signed Thomas, I actually thought there was a chance that he would play a lot more than he actually did. It became apparent quickly that he was going to be nothing more than a fourth or fifth big man on this roster and his presence there probably had a lot to do with his time spent with Larry Drew in Washington.
Thomas would seem to be a long shot as an option for the roster in 2011-12 but stranger things have happened. If Atlanta is looking for a presence in the locker room to round out the roster, then they may once again look Thomas' way.
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