MANILA, Philippines – The Meralco Bolts are set to bring in 6-foot-9 versatile big man Malcolm Thomas as their import for the 2016 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo confirmed the news to Rappler on Thursday, January 28.
Thomas, 27, played college basketball for San Diego State – the same school as current NBA star Kawhi Leonard, with whom he was teammates, and former Bolts import Josh Davis.
Thomas was an All-Star for the NBA D-League in 2014. Playing with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, he averaged 17.7 points, 12 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks a game in the 2016 season.
The Missouri native went unselected in the 2011 NBA Draft but had stops in Chicago, Golden State, Utah, and Philadelphia.
Trillo confirmed that Meralco’s first choice was NBA D-League rebound leader Alex Stepheson, but he decided to stick it out in the D-League rather than accept an offer from Meralco or others from Europe with the hope of making it to the NBA.
The Meralco team manager also confirmed that the team did not look at acquiring Carlos Boozer, despite rumors circling around social media.
The Bolts finished last in the PBA league standings during the Philippine Cup with a 1-10 record. – Rappler.com
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