Isaiah Thomas on a promotional tour in Boston
According to the report, Thomas recently got together with Nuggets coach Michael Malone and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly in Las Vegas to discuss his potential place in the club’s plans. Thomas missed the first 36 games and final 11 games of last season due to right hip surgery. A problem with the same joint also knocked him out of the end of the 2017 playoffs.
After opening his NBA career with the Sacramento Kings in 2011-12 and subsequently playing for the Phoenix Suns, Thomas exploded into stardom with the Boston Celtics. He was an All-Star in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, averaging 25.5 points and 6.1 points in those seasons combined.
He guided the Celtics in the 2017 Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers before he was sidelined due to the hip ailment.
Last summer, the Celtics dealt Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, a 2018 first-round draft pick and a 2020 second-rounder to the Cavaliers for guard Kyrie Irving.
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). With the Cavaliers struggling, however, they dealt Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 8 for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
In 17 games, including just one start, for Los Angeles, Thomas averaged 15.6 points and five assists.
The Kings selected Thomas in the second round (60th overall) in the 2011 draft out of the University of Washington.
–Field Level Media