Tim Thomas signing to come next week

Tim Thomas took his physical Thursday for the Dallas Mavericks, but he'll have to wait for test results to come back after the weekend before he can sign his verbally agreed to one-year deal.

While it was expected Thomas would sign the contract for the veteran's minimum of $1.35 million this week, Mavs president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said Friday not to read anything into the delay. "Normal stuff. Tests coming back/weekend," Nelson wrote in a text message.

The 6-foot-10 Thomas played just 18 games for the Mavs last season before leaving the team to care for his ailing wife. While he has not disclosed her illness, Thomas is ready to return to the league. He will provide depth at power forward behind Dirk Nowitzki.