Nuggets coach Malone says ‘no timeline’ for Thomas debut

Isaiah Thomas has yet to play a game for the Nuggets after undergoing hip surgery in March.

A recent report claiming that Isaiah Thomas will debut for the Denver Nuggets next month is just that — a report.

At least that was the warning given by Nuggets coach Mike Malone.

“Don’t believe everything you read,” Malone told reporters Saturday. “I don’t know where these leaks come from, but (with) Isaiah, there’s no timeline. There’s nothing (that has) been set about February, this, that or the other thing. You’ll see him when he’s ready to play.”

Thomas has not played since the end of last season, when he was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The Nuggets are his fourth team in just more than a year.

Two seasons ago, Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring, 28.9 points per game with the Boston Celtics. He was then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers after suffering a major hip injury in the 2017 playoffs.

Things didn’t work out with the Cavs. who sent Thomas to LA in February. He underwent surgery on the troubled hip a month later, then signed with the Nuggets in the offseason.

Thomas contributed to the speculation when he tweeted “25 days” last week. He later deleted the tweet.

A report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski followed. It indicated that Thomas could return as soon as a Feb. 11 home game vs. the Miami Heat, or a home game two days after that against the Sacramento Kings.

But Malone offered nothing concrete.

“Your guess is as good as mine,” he said.

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