Thomas, 30, hasn’t played in an NBA game since March 22, 2018 when he was with the Los Angeles Lakers. Six days after that game, the team announced he would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.
Thomas signed a one-year deal with the Nuggets in July. He made back-to-back All-Star appearances as a member of the Boston Centers in 2015-16 and 2016-17, posting impressive averages of 25.5 points per game on 44.5 percent shooting. It’s a form he hasn’t come close to capturing since.
The Celtics traded Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in August 2017. Thomas averaged 15.2 points on a career-low 37.1 percent shooting in 32 games last season for the Cavs and Lakers.
Thomas could be more of a role player on a Nuggets team that is currently the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference with a 38-18 record.