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No reunion with LeBron as Isaiah Thomas signs deal with Nuggets

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By Mark Patriarca

As expected, Isaiah Thomas won’t be reunited with LeBron James in Hollywood as the 5’9 point guard has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2-million offer of the Denver Nuggets.

Thomas is coming off his most disappointing season as a pro, seeing himself traded by the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers, then flipped by the Cavaliers to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The trades were a result of his struggles to bounce back from a debilitating hip injury that cost him the first half of the 2017-18 season. It could not have been the year Thomas envisioned after averaging 28.9 points per game and finishing as a dark horse MVP candidate in Boston in 2017.

Looking ahead, Thomas should link up with Will Barton to comprise one of the NBA’s highest-scoring bench tandems as he prepares to settle into a backup role behind the ascendant Jamal Murray before hitting free agency again in 2019.

If IT plays like the All-Star he was, though, this deal could be the stepping stone to a bigger contract next summer.