At long last, Isaiah Thomas has finally secured a deal for next season.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the point guard has agreed a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets worth the veteran minimum of $2 million.
The 29-year-old has endured a rollercoaster 12 months which has seen him go from an All-Star to virtually damaged goods in the NBA.
After enjoying a career year with the Boston Celtics, where he led them to the Eastern Conference Finals, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer for Kyrie Irving.
The veteran suffered a hip injury in the conference finals against the Cavs and the Celtics couldn’t pass up an opportunity to get a healthier Irving in return.
Thomas had to wait almost 5 months before making his debut with the Cavaliers but his stint in Ohio didn’t go well and didn’t last long as he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers at February’s deadline.
During a short spell with the Lakers in the final months of the campaign, he showed glimpses of the form that made him an All-NBA player.
But he underwent season-ending hip injury to cure his problem once and for all.
Heading into free agency, this didn’t bode well for IT and it was always unlikely that he’d receive a large offer.
He’s now had to wait almost two weeks into the free agency period to land on a team and take a small deal.
Thomas is likely to be the backup point guard to Jamal Murray in Denver but if he’s able to contribute significantly to a playoff contending team next year, he could put himself in a position to earn a bigger deal elsewhere next summer when he hits the open market again.
This move to the Nuggets will have some familiarity for him as he’ll be teaming up with head coach Mike Malone once again.
The pair worked together during their time with the Sacramento Kings in the 2013-14 season.
Thomas had been in contact with both Malone and president of basketball operations Tim Connelly in recent days and he was happy to accept the terms put to him.
Before news broke of his deal with the Nuggets, the guard took to Instagram to hit out at his critics.
He wanted to remind everybody how good he was as he posted a picture of one of his many scoring achievements during his terrific season with the Celtics.
But he’s now landed in a good spot and will have to make full use of his minutes backing up Murray.
Landing a dynamic scorer with a chip on his shoulder to lead their bench unit could be a great move for Denver.
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