Credit: USA TODAY Sports-SCANPIX
Credit USA TODAY Sports-SCANPIX

Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv signed Khyri Thomas on a contract until the end of the current season with an option for another year.

BasketNews was first to report the negotiations between the two sides.

The 25-year-old American guard (1.91m), who was selected in the 2018 draft by Philadelphia and recently played for Bilbao from the Spanish league, was added as part of the decision to strengthen the roster. 

The No. 38 overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft recently made his overseas debut in Spain. Thomas appeared in two ACB games for Bilbao Basket before getting hurt. On December 11, Thomas poured in 23 points against Bitci Baskonia.

Thomas joined Bilbao on a short-term agreement to replace injured Andrew Goudelock.

"We want to welcome Khyri Thomas to the family of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv", coach Giannis Sfairopoulos told the club's website.

"We brought him because we believe that he can help our game. He is a player that with his skills will be one more quality option for us, to continue our fights". 

"I'm fortunate and excited for the opportunity to play with some great players, coaches and in such a legendary club", said Khyri Thomas after signing with Maccabi. "Let's win and have some fun!".   

Khyri "Tazz" Thomas was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also played in high school before moving to a military boarding school in Virginia. He played at Creighton College from his hometown, was twice named Defender of the Year in the Big East and in his third and final season there he averaged 15.1 points (41.1% from three), 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. 

In the summer of 2018, Thomas was selected by Philadelphia in 38th place in the NBA Draft and was traded to Detroit. He was later sent to Atlanta, played for the Nuggets' G-League team and also for San Antonio's, before signing a short-term contract in Houston last May.  

Wearing the Rockets uniform he managed to make 5 appearances by the end of the season and averaged 16.4 points, 5 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.2 blocks per evening. In total he made 42 appearances in the best league in the world.

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Points made: 7,6
Accuracy: 33,7%
Place in standings: 15
Record max: 11
Record min: 2
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