Free agent guard Thomas to join Nuggets

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Thomas was initially resistant to the idea during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers last season, but a cruel market has forced him to think things over and re-assess what is best for his career.

Free agent Isaiah Thomas signed with the Denver Nuggets late Wednesday night, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

After missing those the first 36 games of last season, Thomas returned to average 14.7 points and 4.5 assists in 15 games (14 starts).

Prior to the odd campaign Thomas put together a year ago in which he started in only 15 of the 32 games he played, he appeared set for a big payday in the summer of 2018. The deal is for one year and $2 million. The move reunites him with head coach Mike Malone, Thomas' former coach with the Sacramento Kings.

Hip injuries are tricky, so it's going to be fascinating to see if the surgery Thomas received will completely fix the issues that have hobbled him for the previous year.

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. Brooklyn, meanwhile, continues to slowly restock its cache of draft picks after recovering from the ill-fated trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with Boston in 2013. He was an All-Star in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, averaging 25.5 points and 6.1 points in those seasons combined.

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