No player tanked their value as a free agent more over the a year ago than Isaiah Thomas.
While this deal appears to be out of nowhere, it certainly makes sense.
Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics looks on prior to Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thomas is a proven scorer who could thrive in Denver's offense.
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Hip injuries are tricky, so it's going to be fascinating to see if the surgery Thomas received will completely fix the issues that have hobbled him for the past year.
After opening his National Basketball Association career with the Sacramento Kings in 2011-12 and subsequently playing for the Phoenix Suns, Thomas exploded into stardom with the Boston Celtics. At the very least, the Nuggets - which desperately needed another point guard behind Jamal Murray - hope that will end up being the case.
Instead, the Nuggets will continue to try and turn games into track meets, winning 120-115 every night if need be. The uncertainty surrounding his hip injury got him shipped out of Boston and to Cleveland.
In 17 games, including just one start, for Los Angeles, Thomas averaged 15.6 points and five assists. He accepted a bench role in Los Angeles, but his hip once again prevented him from making a real impact. If things go well, maybe the Brink's truck will be around next offseason.