Isaiah Thomas has agreed to join a fourth team in a calendar year.
The man who came in fifth in 2017 MVP voting signed a veteran’s minimum contract with the Nuggets.
Free agent guard Isaiah Thomas has agreed to a one-year deal with the Denver Nuggets, league sources tell ESPN. Thomas will reunite with Michael Malone, who coached him with the Kings.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 13, 2018
After his stunning 2016-17 campaign, Thomas bragged about how much the Celtics would have to spend to keep him rostered.
“I’m a max (contract) guy, so I deserve the max,” Thomas said. “We’ve just got to continue to take care of business on the court and let the cards fall where they may. I’m happy for all the guards and all the other guys getting their money, because they deserve it, but my time’s coming.
“They know they’ve got to bring the Brinks truck out.”
They didn’t. Well, not for Thomas at least.
Instead, the Celtics sent Thomas to the Cavaliers as part of the Kyrie Irving trade.
Thanks to an injured hip, Thomas played just 32 games in 2017-18, and terribly — dominating the ball and shooting so inefficiently that he posted an insane -5.2 box plus/minus and a -0.7 VORP, according to Basketball Reference.
Thomas finally had surgery on his hip this offseason.
If the 29-year-old can even sniff the player he once was, the Nuggets got a steal.
But if Thomas repeats his performance from a season ago, insistence upon superstar treatment and all, 2018-19 could be his last NBA season.