Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul updated its frontcourt by signing Malcolm Thomas, who takes the roster spot vacated by Vladimir Stimac when the latter's contract expired. Thomas (2.06 meters, 31 years old) is a veteran of three EuroLeague seasons, most recently with Khimki Moscow Region between 2017 and 2019. He helped the team reach the EuroLeague Playoffs in 2018 and averaged 8.6 points on 66.7% two-point shooting plus 5.0 rebounds last season. He arrives from Shanxi Loongs of the Chinese Basketball Association, where he posted 15.7 points, 13.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in three games this season.
Thomas has also played for Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, Austin and Rio Grande of the D-League; Houston, Golden State, Utah, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and San Antonio of the NBA, Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv of Israel, Piratas de Quebradillas of Puerto Rico, Meralco Bolts of the Philippines, Jilin Northeast Tigers in China and Mobis Phoebus in South Korea. He made his EuroLeague debut during the 2012-13 season with Maccabi.
Stimac signed a short-term contract with Fenerbahce and appeared in eight EuroLeague games this season, during which he averaged 4.6 points on 70% shooting plus 2.5 rebounds in 10 minutes per game. His best performance came in Round 10 when he led Fenerbahce to a road win at LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne with 21 points and 8 rebounds. In a press release, Fenerbahce thanked Stimac for his contributions and wished him well in the future.