Thomas missed the first 36 games and final 11 games of last season due to right hip surgery.
Thomas will reunite with his former coach in Sacramento, Mike Malone, with the Nuggets. A problem with the same joint also knocked him out of the end of the 2017 playoffs. Thomas nearly exclusively came off the bench, scoring 15.6 points per game in 17 games with the Lakers.
If Thomas can get himself in the race for Sixth Man of the Year, his value can surely rise by next offseason - but he will be competing with a myriad of other players who've chosen this same route.
He enjoyed a massive breakout the previous season with the Celtics, scoring 28.9 points per game and finishing fifth in MVP voting, helping Boston reach the Eastern Conference Finals. With the Cavaliers struggling, however, they dealt Thomas, Channing Frye and a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Los Angeles Lakers on February 8 for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. However, just months later he was traded to the Cavaliers in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. Over his seven-year career, he is averaging 18.9 points and 5.1 assists.
Thomas was taken by the Kings with the last pick in the 2011 draft.
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