Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Wizards on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Thomas has failed to find himself a long-term home since leading the Celtics to the 2016 playoffs, a season in which he averaged 28.9 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field. He has since logged stints with the Cavaliers, Lakers and Nuggets, but has only played a combined 44 games for those three teams over the past two seasons due to a lingering hip injury. Washington may be his best opportunity to prove he still has what it takes, with John Wall (Achilles) expected to miss a majority of the season. Thomas will be competing with the likes of Ish Smith for starting minutes, who was signed by the Wizards earlier in the day.
Thomas tallied 10 points (2-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three assists, and one rebound in 10 minutes during Tuesday's 116-102 loss to the Warriors.
The Nuggets were trailing big entering the fourth quarter, allowing Thomas to log his first action since mid-March. Even though Thomas and Denver's deep reserves were able to make the final score more respectable, it's unlikely he'll enter the rotation Wednesday against the Spurs, assuming that contest remains relatively competitive throughout.
Thomas has been removed from the rotation "for the time being", Nick Kosmider of the Athletic reports.
According to coach Michael Malone, "It's about what's best for our team. I made the decision to shorten the rotation...I'm trying to find a rhythm and a rotation that I feel like will give us the best chance to win now and into the playoffs." Thomas has appeared in nine games for the Nuggets, posting 8.6 points on 37.3 percent shooting, along with 1.7 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 15.6 minutes. At this point, it seems unlikely he'll play a meaningful role for the Nuggets moving forward. As a result, Thomas is a strong drop candidate in almost all fantasy leagues.
Thomas had zero statistics, failing to leave the bench in Tuesday's 133-107 victory over the Timberwolves.
Thomas, who had played no more than 16 minutes in each of his last five games, failed to see the court Tuesday. He has not been a good fit for the Nuggets and the impressive play of Monte Morris has certainly complicated things for Thomas. He is still rostered in 60 percent of leagues, a number that is clearly too high.
Thomas will once again be held to a minutes limit Tuesday against Oklahoma City, Chris Dempsey of the Nuggets' official site reports.
Thomas played a season-high 24 minutes Sunday against the Clippers, and even though he's gradually starting to build up his minutes, the Nuggets will continue to monitor his usage closely. He figures to be held around 20-to-25 minutes in Tuesday's clash.
Thomas produced 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-4 FT), three rebounds and two assists across 16 minutes in Friday's 114-104 win over the Mavericks.
Thomas' resurgence only further muddles the landscape in the Denver backcourt, as Malik Beasley, Monte Morris and Gary Harris all vie for minutes alongside Jamal Murray, who has also seen a slight downtick with the massive array of guard talent available. It's unclear how Thomas will figure into Denver's future plans, but as the Nuggets charge toward the postseason, Thomas will figure to get a share of the load as long as can stay healthy.
Thomas totaled 16 points (5-11 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, and two assists in 16 minutes during Friday's 114-104 victory over Dallas.
Thomas finished with 16 points in 16 minutes Friday, as he continues to work his way back from injury. Thomas has demonstrated the ability to score in bunches and that is just what he did in this one. He is unlikely to be in the position to maintain value outside of deeper formats but perhaps of more note is that fact that Monte Morris played just 19 minutes. The Nuggets backcourt is healthy and their depth is going to mean playing time could fluctuate from night to night for many players.
Thomas totaled eight points (3-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt), and two assists in 13 minutes during Wednesday's 120-118 victory over the Kings.
Thomas made his season debut for the Nuggets on Wednesday, ending the contest with eight points in 13 minutes. Thomas has not played for almost 12 months and so it is going to take him some time to get back up to full speed. His exact role moving forward remains unclear but at this stage, he is more of a deep league stash.
Thomas (hip) will make his Nuggets debut Wednesday against the Kings, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
It seemed like Thomas would be a game-time call, but Wojnarowski is reporting that the point guard will play Wednesday. It will mark Thomas' first appearance since March 22 last year as a member of the Lakers, where he averaged 15.6 points, 5.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds across 26.8 minutes. It remains unclear if the former MVP candidate will occupy that sort of role with Denver this season, but that would probably take minutes away from the likes of Monte Morris and Malik Beasley. Regardless, for Wednesday's debut, there's a strong chance he'll be on a minutes limit while coach Michael Malone eases him back into action.
Thomas (hip) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup against the Kings, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Wind notes that Thomas "thinks he'll be out there", so chances appear to be good that we'll see Thomas in uniform for the first time since March 22 of last year. If he does play, there's a strong chance he'll be on a minutes restriction. More information should emerge as tipoff nears.
Thomas (hip) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Kings, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports.
This marks the first time all season that Thomas has been given a questionable tag as he continues to near a return from a lengthy absence. If he is given the green light to play Wednesday, he'd almost certainly come off the bench and be held to a minutes limits to prevent further injury.
Thomas (hip) was a limited participant in practice Sunday and will remain out for Monday's game against the Heat, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Encouraging news keeps coming for the two-time All-Star, whose Nuggets debut appears to be imminent. Coach Michael Malone noted that Thomas played in "little bits" of five-on-five practice Sunday, marking the point guard's first activity of the sort since undergoing right hip surgery last March. If Thomas increases his activity at Tuesday's practice session, it's possible he could be ready to play Wednesday against the Kings, though the Nuggets may be inclined to hold him out through the All-Star break.
Thomas (hip) was sent to the G League on Friday for a rehab assignment, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
This is a very encouraging step in Thomas' recovery from his lingering hip injury. There were reports that surfaced last month that Thomas would be ready for a return in mid-February, and while head coach Mike Malone pushed back on those, it's clear that Thomas' return is on the horizon. If everything goes will during Thomas' G League assignment, limited minutes off the bench for the Nuggets could be in the point guard's near future.
Coach Michael Malone pushed back Saturday when commenting on reports suggesting Thomas (hip) would be available to play by mid-February, Nick Kosmider of The Athletic reports. "Don't believe everything you read. I don't know where these leaks come from, but there is no timetable," Malone said. "There's nothing that's been set about February this, that or the other thing."
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN previously indicated Friday that Thomas was hopeful to make his Nuggets debut shortly before the All-Star break. Malone's comments don't necessarily rule out the possibility of Thomas returning then, but it appears things are less set in stone than initially thought. More clarity on the situation should come within the next couple of weeks, but it would be unwise to expect Thomas to make a meaningful impact anytime soon.
The Nuggets are hopeful that Thomas (hip) may be able to make his season debut Feb. 11 against the Heat or Feb. 13 against the Kings, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
The Nuggets are expressing optimism that Thomas -- sidelined since March after undergoing right hip surgery -- will return during Denver's first game after the All-Star break at the latest, but he apparently still has a chance at seeing action shortly before the first half ends. Thomas has yet to play in full 5-on-5 scrimmages, which marks the final step in his recovery. It's unclear what his role on the Nuggets might look like once he's back in action, as the Nuggets have rolled to a 30-14 record without him and have received meaningful contributions from young backcourt players Malik Beasley and Monte Morris. Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Will Barton are also locked in as high-minute regulars at either guard spot.
Thomas (hip) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Hornets, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Just over a month ago, Thomas noted that he was hopeful to make his Nuggets debut in December, but January has since arrived and there's been scant updates on Thomas' recovery from right hip surgery. Until reports emerge that Thomas is regularly taking part in full-court, full-contact practice, he'll remain with an ambiguous timeline for a return. Monte Morris' role as the Nuggets' backup point guard looks fairly secure both in the short and long term.
Thomas (hip) is hopeful he'll return sometime in December, Michael Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Thomas remains without a firm timeline, although the Nuggets are evaluating him day-by-day. It appears he's inching closer to a full recovery and could see his first game action of the season sometime next month, although an update on his status will emerge when he's closer to playing.
There is still no timetable return for Thomas (hip) but he is progressing, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
After practice Friday, coach Michael Malone stated that there isn't a set time for the return of the star point guard although he is progressing. The Washington Husky product is still recovering from right hip surgery that was taken place back in March. Fellow teammate Monte Morris should continue to serve as the backup point guard to Jamal Murray until Thomas returns.
Thomas (hip) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Clippers, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Thomas is still without a timetable for a return and it wouldn't be surprising if he missed another week or two to start the season. Still, until a target date is provided, Thomas will continue to be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. Until Thomas is healthy enough to take the court, look for Monte Morris to serve as Jamal Murray's backup at point guard.
Thomas (hip) remains without a firm return timetable, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Thomas did not play at all during the preseason, and the Nuggets continue to handle him with a great degree of caution as he works back from a hip injury that hampered him for much of last season. When he's eventually healthy, Thomas is expected to step in as the nightly backup to Jamal Murray, but for the time being, second-year Iowa State product Monte Morris will fill that role.
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