REPORT: Isaiah Thomas could make Nuggets debut next week
Point guard Isaiah Thomas could make his Denver Nuggets debut as soon as next week, according to Harrison Wind of BSN Denver.
Thomas underwent arthroscopic hip surgery in March of 2018 and hasn’t played in an NBA game since March 22, 2018.
Isaiah Thomas could make his Nuggets debut as soon as next week, according to a league source. Thomas was set to participate in 5-on-5 practice with the Delaware Blue Coats today but injuries to the G League affiliate’s roster altered Denver's plan. Nuggets host the Heat Monday.
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) February 8, 2019
Thomas signed a one-year free agent deal with the Nuggets last summer worth the vet minimum. He split time last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers.
The two-time All-Star averaged 15.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists per contest in 32 games last season while shooting 37.3 percent from the field, 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 89.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The Nuggets are 37-17 on the season, good for second place in the Western Conference standings. Denver is going to be even more lethal on offense once Thomas catches his rhythm. IT will back up Jamal Murray at the point guard spot.
Thomas, 30, has career averages of 18.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 473 games. He signed with the Nuggets because he’s reunited with head coach Michael Malone, who coached Thomas with the Sacramento Kings. The explosive guard hasn’t been the same player since suffering the serious hip injury in 2017 with the Boston Celtics, but hopefully the surgery addressed the issue which was plaguing Thomas.