The deal is reportedly worth $2 million.
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. The Newark, N.J., native played seven seasons for Denver, registering averages of 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per contest through 441 career games.More news: Louisville shows much-needed decisive leadership with stadium name change
But then Thomas was dealt to Cleveland as part of the Kyrie Irving trade. Denver's head coach, Mike Malone, envisions using Thomas to build on leads established by the team's young core, headlined by Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic. The Dallas, Texas, native has posted career averages of 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game in 503 career games over nine National Basketball Association seasons with Denver (2013-18) and Memphis (2008-13).
Thomas played just 32 games last season, 17 for L.A. and 15 for Cleveland, as he was slowed by a hip injury. "So I deserve the max", Thomas told NBC Sports Boston last July (prior to his eventual trade to the Cavaliers, of course). 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.More news: Video of Man Harassing Woman Over Puerto Rico Shirt Sparks Probe
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).More news: Barcelona make first contact with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard