Nuggets’ Paul Millsap says Isaiah Thomas is ‘going to do all the right things’ despite being out of the rotation
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone told local reporters on Tuesday he has removed Thomas from the rotation for reasons he didn’t disclose to the media.
Paul Millsap says Isaiah Thomas is still going to motivate the guys on the team and do all the right things.
Paul Millsap to @BSNDenver on Isaiah Thomas, who got cut from Michael Malone’s rotation tonight: “He's going to do all the right things. He's going to motivate his teammates. It's always good to have a guy like that in your locker room, especially a guy who's been there before." pic.twitter.com/aOQTwZwDZG
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) March 13, 2019
Thomas was cheering for his teammates on Tuesday during the Nuggets’ blowout win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at home. It’s a tough and humbling moment for a player when he’s told he won’t be playing anymore, but it looks like Thomas is going to remain professional.
In nine games this season for the Nuggets, Thomas is averaging 8.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists. The 30-year-old is also shooting 37.3 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 63.2 percent from the free-throw line.
Thomas missed the first half of the season recovering from arthroscopic hip surgery. He signed a one-year deal with Denver worth the veteran minimum last summer.
The lefty hasn’t been the same player he was with the Boston Celtics since suffering the hip injury during the 2017 playoffs.