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Isaiah Thomas officially signed his contract with the Denver Nuggets Monday and the scoring guard is excited for the opportunity he has in front of him.
Thomas signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Nuggets. With the Cavs and Lakers this past season, Thomas averaged 15.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists, shooting 37.3 percent from the field and 29.3 percent from three.
Thomas underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right hip on March 28 but says he’s 100 percent now.
“Ever since I came to the NBA, all I wanted was the opportunity,” Thomas told Nuggets.com. “I’ll take care of the rest. I’ve always said that to myself. I just wanted to be wanted. Being wanted is half the battle. When somebody wants you as bad as you want that opportunity, it sort-of always works out.”
Thomas is being reunited with Michael Malone, who coached Thomas with the Sacramento Kings. The two have a very strong relationship and Thomas believes Malone will use him correctly and get the best out of him on the floor.
“Me having a real close relationship with coach Malone was probably the biggest key,” Thomas said. “And knowing that I wanted to go somewhere where they were going to allow me to be who I am, allow me to play to my strengths and at the same time be around a good group of guys that got the potential to be special.
“It’s a fast-paced offense, spread the floor; you’ve got one of the best big men in the NBA that can pass and make plays for others. And it’s all about space and opportunity. I’ve played in Mike Malone systems so I know what he wants from his players and I know what he expects. It was just a perfect fit from all angles and I’m just excited to be here and excited to help. That’s what I’m here to do.”