Isaiah Thomas will be on a mission next season as he aims to prove he can still compete at a high level.
The point guard didn't receive much interest in free agency after coming off hip surgery and a frustrating 2017-18 campaign.
He eventually accepted a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets for the veteran minimum of $2 million.
Thomas recently admitted that he knew next year wasn't going to be about the money for him but proving his fitness instead.
Chip on his shoulder
His number one aim will be to show that he's back to full health and he expects to do that with the opportunity he's been given by the Nuggets.
“The goal is just to show that I’m healthy and I’m the same player I was before,” Thomas told TMZ Sports. “I just need one year.”
The point guard believes he can help the team have a successful season and has made a promise to Denver fans.
“We’ll make the playoffs… and then we’ll go from there,” he said.
The Colorado-based franchise missed out on a postseason berth in the final game last year but the addition of IT should improve their chances to finally get back among the top eight teams in the west.
The 29-year-old says he chose to sign with the Nuggets because of his relationship with head coach Mike Malone.
They worked together during his time with the Sacramento Kings early in his career and this familiarity was key in his decision.
"I was just looking for an opportunity with somebody that's gonna let me be who I am," Thomas said, per Joseph Casciaro of theScore.
"(Malone)'s one of the first guys in this league to love me for who I am, and gave me the opportunity to go out there and play freely.
"I know he's going to give me that opportunity in Denver."
The veteran, however, will be playing as a backup to Jamal Murray who enjoyed an impressive sophomore campaign averaging 16.7 points per game.
But instead of rivalling him, Thomas is keen to mentor the youngster and help him improve even more.
"Jamal (Murray) is a great young talent, and I'm gonna do whatever I can to help him take that next jump, that next step, and get even better," he said.
"I can't wait to be able to do that. I'm still young, but I've seen a lot in this league. I'm here to help in any way I can."
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