B. Thomas Signs For Rest of Season

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 19, 2006

It's been a long, contorted journey for Wizards guard Billy Thomas, but the veteran shooting guard was rewarded Friday when the team announced that it has signed him for the remainder of the season.

Thomas, who signed the first of two 10-day contracts on March 6, has appeared in one game with the Wizards and was inactive for Friday night's game against Dallas.

Still, simply being on an NBA roster is an accomplishment for Thomas, who has played in the now defunct IBA (International Basketball Association), the Continental Basketball Association, the NBA Development League and leagues in Italy, Argentina and the Philippines since leaving the University of Kansas in 1998.

Thomas, 30, was the final cut in Wizards training camp before the 2004-05 season and caught on with New Jersey late last season where he appeared in 25 games. Thomas went to camp with the Wizards again this past fall but was released along with Hiram Fuller when the team made its final cuts.

"It's a huge weight to get off the shoulders as far as thinking about what I would have done if things didn't work out here, if I would've gone back to the CBA or done some other things," Thomas said. "I'm going to continue to work hard and contribute to this team any way possible."

The Wizards are now carrying the NBA maximum 15 players, including injured guard Jarvis Hayes and second-year center Peter John Ramos, who has been with the team's NBADL affiliate, Roanoke, most of the season.

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