The Brinks truck is staying in 2017, as the Denver Nuggets have signed Isaiah Thomas to a one-year contract for the league's veteran minimum, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is for one year and will pay Thomas $2 million. The last man picked in the 2011 National Basketball Association draft played for Malone in Sacramento during the 2013-14 season and averaged 20.3 points and 6.3 assists as the Kings went 28-54.
The Nuggets are a good team in a very tough Western Conference, but they could be even better if they get Thomas anywhere near what he was in his final season in Boston when he averaged 28.9 points per game. He played three seasons in Sacramento and during his previous year there, he played under Denver's coach Mike Malone.
That season, though, ended with a hip injury, one that delayed his 2017-18 debut until January. He averaged 15 points per game in his 32 contests, far from the 29 points per game he averaged in the 2016-17 season as a member of the Celtics.
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Thomas has been working his way back from a procedure on his hip and if he rebounds on the court this season, he could provide a strong option for the Nuggets while reestablishing his value before becoming a free agent again.
After missing those the first 36 games of last season, Thomas returned to average 14.7 points and 4.5 assists in 15 games (14 starts). When the Celtics traded him to Cleveland last August for Kyrie Irving, disaster ensued.