Isaiah Thomas agrees to one-year deal with Denver Nuggets

Ross Houston
July 13, 2018

Thomas averaged 29 points for the Boston Celtics in the 2016-17 season, a second-team All-NBA season that appeared to be clearing the way for a long-term, $100 million contract.

Isaiah Thomas has finally found a new home.

Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell ESPN. Instead, he'll be playing for the veteran's minimum.

But it was in Cleveland that Thomas proved to be a horrendous fit with LeBron James.

After opening his National Basketball Association career with the Sacramento Kings in 2011-12 and subsequently playing for the Phoenix Suns, Thomas exploded into stardom with the Boston Celtics.

Thomas, who is a two-time All-Star player, was dealing with a hip injury that eventually required surgery. The Orlando Magic, who are in desperate need of a point guard to go with all of their big-man talent, made sense and were floated as recently as this afternoon. Thomas won't help their defense, which ranked 25th in the league, but no backup point guard was going to help their defense. The uncertainty surrounding his hip injury got him shipped out of Boston and to Cleveland. He was then dealt to the Lakers, where he averaged 15.6 points in 17 games. He accepted a bench role in Los Angeles, but his hip once again prevented him from making a real impact. Denver's head coach, Mike Malone, envisions using Thomas to build on leads established by the team's young core, headlined by Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic.

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