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Onalaska’s Thomas headed to Chicago Bulls



FILE - Utah Jazz guard Matt Thomas (21) scores against Sacramento Kings guard Tyrese Haliburton, left, during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Hector Amezcua)

Matt Thomas is headed to the Chicago Bulls.

For the third time in less than a year, the Onalaska native is changing teams.

It looks as though the 27-year-old Onalaska High School graduate signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal with Chicago.

Back in March, the shooting guard was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the Utah Jazz, though he didn’t get above 8 minutes a game with either team that season.

The 3-point specialist also saw his percentage from deep plummet after the trade. He averaged 2.1 3-pointers per game for Utah, but hit just 25.6%. In Toronto, he shot 41.5 percent, putting up 1.6 per game from deep.

The 6-foot-5 Thomas left Toronto at last year’s trade deadline as the team’s all-time leader in 3-point percentage (45.7%).

Thomas won a WIAA Division 2 state title for Onalaska, before graduating in 2013. He went on to become a four-year starter at Iowa State.

He lit it up in the NBA’s Summer League after that, before going overseas and helping the Valencia Basket win a EuroCup championship, where he continued to shoot incredibly from beyond the arc.

That’s when the Toronto Raptors came calling and signed him in July of 2019 to a three-year, $4.2 million deal.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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