Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a deal with the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell ESPN. Thomas will reunite with Michael Malone, who coached him with the Kings.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2018
The agreement is worth the veteran’s minimum for one season, according to Wojnarowski. Thomas will receive just under $2 million and compete for the starting point role with Jamal Murray.
Thomas’ agreement with Denver is similar to DeMarcus Cousins’ deal with the Golden State Warriors: Both players are former All-Stars, both coming off significant injuries and both looking to prove themselves worthy of a max or near-max contract in free agency next July.
Thomas spent the first half of last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who then traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers in February. He’s played for five different teams across his NBA career, including the Kings, Suns, Celtics, Cavaliers and Lakers. His best season came during the 2016-17 campaign with Boston where he averaged a scorching 28.9 points and 5.8 assists per game, leading his team to the postseason as an MVP candidate.
Thomas underwent a minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery on his injured hip in March, an injury which forced him to miss seven months of action and cost him millions of dollars in free agency this summer.