Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas has signed a one-year $2.3 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. After 15 games with Cleveland, he was traded to the Lakers at the deadline and played in 17 games. He averaged 15 points per game in his 32 contests, far from the 29 points per game he averaged in the 2016-17 season as a member of the 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. Thomas is perhaps going to use his stint in Denver as a "prove it" year in hopes of convincing front offices next year to show him more money.
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 past year. He was traded to Cleveland last summer along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a pair of picks for Kyrie Irving.
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According to Wojnarowski, Thomas recently got together with Nuggets coach Michael Malone and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly in Las Vegas to discuss his potential place in the club's plans. Second-year pro Jamal Murray started at point guard for them last season, scoring 16.7 points per game.
Thomas was taken by the Kings with the last pick in the 2011 draft. Over his seven-year career, he is averaging 18.9 points and 5.1 assists.