Isaiah Thomas is nearing his return from a lingering hip damage, and he is reportedly on observe to play in his first recreation of the season later this month. The subsequent step in making his Denver Nuggets debut contains a rehab task within the G League.

The Athletic’s Nick Kosmider stories that Thomas gained’t really play in any G League video games, however it should enable him some observe time with a G League staff.

Last month ESPN reported that the Nuggets have been hopeful Thomas would be capable of go well with up in mid-February, previous to the All Star break. If all goes nicely throughout his G League task, there’s sturdy perception Thomas will return no later than the primary recreation after the All Star break on February 22 in Dallas.

The Nuggets are at the moment sitting in second place within the Western Conference with a report of 37-17, simply 1.5 video games again of the surging Golden State Warriors. 

Isaiah Thomas Assigned To G League, Nearing Nuggets Debut

(Thomas, Torrey Craig, Jamal Murray: Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE Getty Images)

Thomas, who turned 30 on February eight, averaged 28.9 factors per recreation for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17, an earned second-team All-NBA honors. He sustained a hip damage that compelled him out of the Celtics’ 2017 playoff run, and was later traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a part of the blockbuster Kyrie Irving commerce.

At final yr’s commerce deadline, Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, the place he appeared in simply 15 video games earlier than in the end signing a one-year cope with Denver in July.