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Free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year contract with the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Thomas, 30, should get an opportunity right away after falling out of the rotation with the Denver Nuggets last season. The Wizards lost Tomas Satoransky in a sign-and-trade with the Chicago Bulls and it is still unclear when John Wall might return.
Thomas led the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, leading the East with a scoring average of 28.9 points per game. But he suffered a major hip injury during that series and hasn’t been as productive since.
Thomas was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the deal for Kyrie Irving, then traded that same season to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers opted not re-sign him last summer, when he landed a one-year deal with the Nuggets.
“Thomas is optimistic that the surgically repaired hip that impaired his past two summers will allow him a full offseason of training to make a more impactful return to the league this season,” Wojnarowski reported.
He appeared in just 12 regular season games with the Nuggets and averaged 8.1 points.
“Nobody knew what to expect with me coming off hip surgery last year, and two summers of rehab,” Thomas told ESPN recently. “Now, I can go back to being a gym rat this summer, work on my game again, and build my body back up — my muscle mass, my leg strength — all like I had going into the 2017 season.”