The Denver Nuggets are one of the NBA’s best teams and they are not even at full strength. They may be getting a key rotation piece back in February in the form of Isaiah Thomas. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Nuggets are hoping that Thomas is able to return in February and there is optimism within the team that it his debut could happen before the All-Star Break.
Thomas had hip surgery last March and has been rehabilitating ever since, signing a 1-year deal with the Nuggets this past summer. Denver has a loaded backcourt top to bottom, so Thomas would have to work his way into an already strong rotation.
It has been a tumultuous few seasons for the former MVP candidate. Thomas was shipped from the Celtics to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving in 2017 and never materialized for Cleveland. That led to a difficult breakup for the two sides and he was subsequently dealt to the Lakers just a few months after. He signed a veteran-minimum contract with the Nuggets this past offseason, with both sides knowing there would be a lengthy rehab process.