Denver Nuggets Sign Isaiah Thomas For Veteran Minimum

Heather Diaz
July 14, 2018

Thomas had been lingering on the free agent market with few known suitors since his contract expired with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The All-Star point guard agreed to a one-year deal with the Nuggets, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Friday morning. "I think he respected that and admired that, because I wanted him to be the best Isaiah Thomas".

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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. With the Cavaliers struggling, however, they dealt Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers on February 8 for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. The Celtics reached the Eastern Conference Finals that year but a hip injury kept Thomas sidelined as LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals.

The one-year, minimum deal is a gamble for Thomas, though one he may have been forced to take. It was only two seasons ago when Thomas was a legitimate MVP candidate, averaging a tick under 30 points per game for the top-seeded Celtics in the 2016-17 season. He averaged 15.6 points per game on 38.3 percent shooting from the field and 32.7 percent shooting from 3-point range. But questions remain regarding his long-term health. The deal is for one year and will pay Thomas $2 million. If Thomas can't prove healthy enough to be the whirling offensive force he was in Boston, how many teams would be willing to gamble on him again?

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