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The Breaking point’s truck by no means got here for Isaiah Thomas.

It were a bit of greater than a 12 months because the then-Boston Celtics level guard shared that notorious quote at Las Vegas Summer time League, saying to the basketball international that it will price untold thousands and thousands for any workforce to land him in loose company this summer season. However then got here the hip harm that minimize quick his postseason and derailed his occupation, now not lengthy after his 22-year-old sister, Chyna, died in a single-car coincidence, adopted by way of the industry to Cleveland in August and every other relocation, this time to Laker Land, in February.

From fringe MVP candidate to fallen celebrity to this: Thomas on Thursday agreed to a one-year, veteran’s minimal deal price $2 million with the Denver Nuggets, an individual with wisdom of the placement showed to USA TODAY Sports activities. The individual spoke at the situation of anonymity for the reason that deal had now not but been introduced.

But whilst Thomas is for sure incensed with the best way he was once handled by way of the NBA marketplace, he has each explanation why to be enthused about the place he landed — without reference to what he’s being paid. If not anything else, there’s a shared spirit right here with regards to his tale and theirs.

Thomas is a proud underdog, the 60th select within the 2011 draft who outplayed all comers to earn a beginning position whilst taking part in below former Sacramento Kings trainer and present Nuggets trainer Mike Malone. Denver has lots to end up, too, bearing in mind they’ve overlooked the playoffs by way of a proverbial hair the previous two seasons. The standing of Thomas’ hip will stay a query till there’s a transparent resolution, however this generally is a just right basketball have compatibility if his frame holds up.

The Nuggets had been already an explosive offensive workforce, with heart Nikola Jokic directing visitors ultimate season en path to the sixth-best offensive ranking within the league. However Denver common supervisor Tim Connelly traded a succesful scorer in Wilson Chandler to Philadelphia previous this month, a part of a chain of strikes that endured on Thursday and allowed the Nuggets to get under the vaunted luxurious tax.

Thomas may assist on that entrance, probably in a 6th guy position at the back of Denver’s backcourt of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris, small ahead Will Barton (re-signed on a four-year, $54 million deal), four-time All-Big name ahead Paul Millsap, and Jokic. Will Thomas take advantage of this opportunity? That a lot continues to be observed.

The 2-time All-Big name would possibly have instructed USA TODAY Sports activities in March that, “I’m no 6th guy,” however he has no selection now. Adore it or now not, that is the automobile that got here.

Observe Sam Amick on Twitter @sam_amick.

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