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Isaiah Thomas gets another shot at National Basketball Association relevance

Isaiah Thomas gets another shot at National Basketball Association relevance

Thomas had been lingering on the free agent market with few known suitors since his contract expired with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Free agent point guard Isaiah Thomas has reached a one-year, $2 million deal with the Denver Nuggets, according to multiple reports.

Entering his eighth National Basketball Association season, Isaiah Thomas apparently will be joining a sixth team.

He guided the Celtics in the 2017 Eastern Conference finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers before he was sidelined due to the hip ailment. Thomas regained some of his offensive pop during his brief run with the Lakers, averaging 15.6 points per contest and shooting nearly 40 percent, but was shut down when his ailing hip flared up late in the year.

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In 2016-17 with Boston, his 28.9 points-per-game average trailed just Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (31.6) and Houston's James Harden (29.1). In 15 games with the Cavs last season, Thomas averaged 14.7 points and 4.5 assists per game, before he was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers at the National Basketball Association trade deadline.

Thomas also struggled in Los Angeles, and eventually had surgery to fix the hip issue.

ESPN first reported Thomas's signing. Questions remained about his hip, overall health, and future in the league. He likely will come off the bench in Denver, where he'll have a chance to be a lead scorer for the second unit, giving the Nuggets a boost when their starters are out. The deal is reportedly worth $2 million.

Thomas likely sees this as a potential bridge season for him to prove that he's healthy and still capable of being the player he was for the Boston Celtics two seasons ago.


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