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Isaiah Thomas Makes Surprising Free Agency Decision

Isaiah Thomas wearing a green celtics t-shirt.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 19: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics looks on prior to Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at TD Garden on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

The Isaiah Thomas free agency market wasn't too competitive this off-season. Very few teams had money to spend, and IT never quite looked fully recovered from the injury that he suffered late in 2017 as a Boston Celtic.

Thomas was rumored to be looking at a few teams. The Orlando Magic, who are in desperate need of a point guard to go with all of their big-man talent, made sense and were floated as recently as this afternoon.

Thomas also seemed to hint at a possible return to Boston. It is unclear what role he would fill there, but it would've been a great story.

Instead, he is staying out West after his tumultuous 2017-18 season, which began with a move to Cleveland in the Kyrie Irving trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Isaiah Thomas will sign with the Denver Nuggets.

According to Woj, he is signing for the veteran minimum. He gives the Nuggets an older backcourt presence, to go with a pretty fun young roster that should contend for the playoffs next spring.

After missing the first half of the season due in recovery from his injury, Thomas averaged 14.7 points per game for the Cavaliers, but never quite meshed with LeBron James and company. He was shipped to the Los Angeles Lakers, where he backed up Lonzo Ball, averaging 15.6 points.

The biggest concern of the season was probably his three-point shooting. While never the most efficient guy, Thomas was usually good to shoot in the mid-to-high 30-percent range from deep. As a Cavalier, he was barely over 25-percent, and that only got up to 32.7-percent in Los Angeles.

With the Nuggets, Thomas has the chance to run with some exciting players. Center Nikola Jokic, one of the most unique players in the NBA, is the team's lead facilitator from the middle, kicking to wings like Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Jamal Murray. Thomas gives the team another fun weapon to work with, and the Nuggets could be a good situation with which he can prove his abilities, a year removed from a season when he was getting light MVP buzz.