By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas has signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets. He has agreed to a veteran’s minimum, as he signed a one-year, $2 million deal.
Thomas joins the Nuggets after spending the latter part of last season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 29-year-old appeared in 17 games, including one start, with the Lake Show.
He averaged 15.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks, as a member of the Lakers.
After signing LeBron James, Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, and JaVals McGee, the Lakers decided to move on from Thomas. He is taking a gamble as he attempts to prove to the league that he is officially back from his injury he suffered against the Cleveland Cavaliers last May.
Thomas began the season with the Cavaliers after being involved in the Kyrie Irving blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics last September. He appeared in 15 games, including 14 starts, with the Cavaliers before the February 2018 trade deadline deal also involving Channing Frye, Jordan Clarkson, and Larry Nance Jr.
Besides playing for the Celtics, Cavaliers, and Lakers, he also played for the Sacramento Kings. During Thomas’ final season with the Kings in 2013-14, Malone was the Kings head coach, as the team went 28-54.
It was Malone, along with the Nuggets management, who thought Thomas would be a good fit for a sixth man role with the team.