Sources: Nuggets’ Thomas making season debut

2:14 PM ET

  • Adrian WojnarowskiESPN

Nearly a year after a hip procedure, Denver Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas will make his return to play against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, league sources tell ESPN.

Thomas, who was upgraded to questionable for the Nuggets’ game against Sacramento in Denver, made his decision to play on Wednesday morning.

Thomas practiced 5-on-5 on Tuesday and participated in a shootaround Wednesday morning before deciding to play. Thomas, 29, would be returning to a Nuggets team (38-15) that is within 2½ games game of first-place Golden State in the West and is employing a bevy of talented guards, including Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley, Will Barton and Monte Morris.

Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17, a second-team All-NBA season that appeared to be clearing the way for a long-term, $100 million contract.

But an injury on the same right hip that cut short his playoffs in 2017 and cost him eight months of rehab, and a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers that summer, upended his hopes for that kind of long-term deal.

Thomas joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a trade-deadline deal with Cleveland, where he had played only 15 games in 2017-18.

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