Isaiah Thomas, a perpetual 5-foot-9 underdog who had constantly been a part of one trade package or another, had become an MVP candidate in his second full season as the team's point guard. He never did seem to be fully himself on the floor. It is unclear what role he would fill there, but it would've been a great story.
The All-Star point guard agreed to a one-year deal with the Nuggets, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported early Friday morning. 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.
He guided the Celtics in the 2017 Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers before he was sidelined due to the hip ailment.
According to Woj, he is signing for the veteran minimum. The deal, sources told Wojnarowski, is for the veteran minimum. He struggled upon his return after missing the first two-and-a-half months trying to avoid surgery, had some difficulty adjusting once he did return and was eventually dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline.
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 a year ago.
The biggest concern of the season was probably his three-point shooting. Center Nikola Jokic, one of the most unique players in the National Basketball Association, is the team's lead facilitator from the middle, kicking to wings like Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray.
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