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Free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Denver Nuggets, according to ESPN.
The 5-foot-9 point guard generated little interest after his rights were renounced by the Los Angeles Lakers last week, but has found a home with the Nuggets and coach Mike Malone — Thomas’ coach when the two were with the Sacramento Kings.
Thomas’ new deal will be for the veteran’s minimum, ESPN reported.
“Thomas met with Denver President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly and coach Michael Malone in Las Vegas in recent days, continuing to talk and text with them about a role and circumstances surrounding him joining the Nuggets,” ESPN reported, citing sources.
Thomas started last season on the injured list with a bum hip, then underwent surgery on the hip to end his season early. In between, he played some games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and ultimately, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Prior to last season, Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring at 28.9 points per game as a member of the Boston Celtics. But he clearly wasn’t the same player after suffering the hip injury during the East finals vs. the Cavs in 2017.
Thomas, 29, averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 assists in 32 total games this past season.
Jamal Murray is the Nuggets’ lone returning point guard. Murray moved into the starting role last season.