Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

IT agrees to 1-year deal with Nuggets

IT agrees to 1-year deal with Nuggets

The two-time All-Star guard has agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday night.

Thomas' contract is reportedly worth $2 million.

During the 2016-17 season Thomas was third in the league with 28.9 points per game and he earned second team All-NBA honors after helping to guide the Celtics to the best record in the East at 53-29.

As the National Basketball Association insider points out, in joining the Nuggets the 29-year-old Thomas will reunite with head coach Michael Malone who coached him when he played for the Sacramento Kings.

Thomas was taken by the Kings with the last pick in the 2011 draft.

That playoff run ended, however, with a hip injury that lingered well past Boston dealing him to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving.

Thomas played just 32 games last season, 17 for L.A. and 15 for Cleveland, as he was slowed by a hip injury. In two-and-a-half seasons with Boston, the 5-foot-9 guard averaged 24.7 points and 6.0 assists per game. Eventually, he'd end up getting traded to the Lakers.

While he is now recovering from hip surgery, Nuggets coach Michael Malone is hoping to have Thomas play a scoring and playmaking role on the court. Thomas nearly exclusively came off the bench, scoring 15.6 points per game in 17 games with the Lakers.

After missing those the first 36 games of last season, Thomas returned to average 14.7 points and 4.5 assists in 15 games (14 starts).

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