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Report: Sixers Sign Malcolm Thomas

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers will sign Malcolm Thomas. The Sixers had an open roster spot after waiving injured big man Ronny Turiaf

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Sixers will sign Malcolm Thomas. A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed the report to LibertyBallers.

According to the source, Thomas is expected to be with the Sixers when they begin their west coast trip against  Portland on Friday.

In order to make room for Thomas the Sixers have waived Ronny Turiaf, who is out for the season after having hip surgery. Turiaf was acquired in the trade last week that saw the Sixers send out Alexey Shved for Turiaf, the rights to Sergei Lishouk, and the Rockets 2015 2nd round draft pick. Turiaf's injury happened, and was known, before the Sixers acquired him.

I had reported last week that the signing of Thomas, if he were fully recovered from the knee injury he had earlier this year, was a possibility.

Malcolm Thomas started the season with the Sixers, averaging 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 minutes per night in 5 appearances. He was waived in early November after finding out he had loose cartilage in his knee. He was expected to miss 4-5 weeks.

Thomas, 26, played 3 seasons collegiately, the last 2 at San Diego State after transferring from Pepperdine. He averaged 11.4 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in 30.4 minutes per night during his senior season. Thomas went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft and has bounced around in the NBA since, playing for San Antonio (4 games over two stints), Golden State (5 games), Chicago (7 games), Utah (7 games) and Philadelphia (5 games). Thomas has also played in 39 games in the D-League, averaging 14.8 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks per game in 33.1 minutes per night.

No word yet on when Thomas will rejoin the team. The Sixers will play in Miami tonight before playing the next 5 on a west coast trip that includes Portland, Utah, Golden State, Phoenix, and the Clippers.

Update: Dec 23rd, 4:57 pm eastern:

Article updated to include the information about Malcolm being on the team for the west coast trip.