Isaiah Thomas, a free-agent point guard, has approved a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, ESPN league sources said Monday.
The Wizards have lost point guard Tomas Satoransky to the Chicago Bulls after three years. On Monday, a $ 30 million deal was signed, giving Thomas the opportunity to become a backup point guard for the franchise. The 30-year-old met on Monday with Tommy Sheppard, Wizards' interim general manager.
Thomas is optimistic that the surgically repaired hip, which has affected his last two summers, will allow him a full workout break so he can achieve a more effective return this season in the league.
The Denver Nuggets committed Thomas to a one-year contract last summer and were patient with him so he could fully rehabilitate himself before the All-Star break before returning to court in February. Denver had one of the NBA's best records and a large number of guards, and in the end it was difficult for Thomas to break the rotation. He played 12 regular season games for the Nuggets with an average of eight points. There was hope that he would play a bigger role, but it never came to fruition.
"Nobody knew what to expect if I had surgery after a hip operation and two summers after rehab last year," Thomas recently told ESPN. "Now I can become gymnastics again this summer, working on my game again and rebuilding my body – my muscle mass, my leg strength – as in the 2017 season."
For Denver, the # 2 West in this postseason and a voyage to the seventh game of the Western Conference semi-final, a young, dynamic group of guards was constructed, including Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley.
"Isaiah has been fantastic this season," said Tim Connelly, president of Denver's basketball division, to ESPN. "His voice in the locker room was invaluable, I'm sure it was frustrating for him not to play as much as he had hoped, but he never let that frustration have a negative impact on his approach the success we had not had year without him. "
In parts of his eight NBA seasons with Sacramento, Phoenix, Boston, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Denver, Thomas has averaged 15 points per game. For the Boston Celtics 2016/17 he scored an average of 28.9 points per game. This was an all-NBA season for the second team that seemed to Thomas on the way to a long-term contract. Instead, a right hip injury that prematurely ended his playoff run in 2017 (and cost him eight months of rehab) and a deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017 raised his hopes for a long-term deal.
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Thomas joined the Los Angeles Lakers under a Dealing with Cleveland, with whom he was only 15 in 2017-18 Games denied. The following season, he signed a $ 2 million one-year deal with Denver.
"Denver really allowed me to spend as much time as I needed to get 100 percent healthy again," Thomas told ESPN. "Of course I wanted to play, and I thought I could have done something in the regular season and the playoffs, but I understood the decision and I think I've helped other than as an executive, as someone who was there to help to answer The questions of the younger guys I stayed ready and ready to play.
"When I look at it from the outside, I understand it. I missed fifty games, the team had a damn good season, and it was not easy to squeeze myself in when so many people were playing so well. They did not want to screw up what they were going to do. I understand it. "
Thomas plans to distribute his time this summer between the Seattle area and Los Angeles, and expects a full summer of work to make him ready to take effect next season.
I will Returning to a level I was playing on, "Thomas told ESPN," I'm looking forward to showing what I can do again. "