Isaiah Thomas Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Nuggets

Doug Mendoza
July 13, 2018

Isaiah Thomas thought the Brink's truck would be backing up for him this offseason.

The 29-year-old point guard agreed to a one-year deal for the veteran's minimum with the Denver Nuggets Thursday night, a league source confirmed.

The Kings selected Thomas in the second round (60th overall) in the 2011 draft out of the University of Washington.

While this deal appears to be out of nowhere, it certainly makes sense. Thomas is a proven scorer who could thrive in Denver's offense.

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At the 2017-18 National Basketball Association trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a 2018 first round draft pick. After impressing with the Boston Celtics during the 2016-17 campaign, which saw Thomas put up a career-best 28.9 points per game, his numbers decreased significantly this past season following an extensive recovery from a hip injury. The following year he started off in Phoenix before getting traded to Boston.

For the Nuggets, they needed a backup point guard who could carry the offense when Murray sits. The uncertainty surrounding his hip injury got him shipped out of Boston and to Cleveland. He averaged 15.2 points, 4.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds over 32 total games in 2017-18.

There are still injury concerns, but the Nuggets feel comfortable taking this risk. As Nuggets coach Michael Malone prepared to address the media following a pre-game shootaround, Thomas strolled by and the two exchanged a knowing smile.

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