NBA: Isaiah Thomas on verge of making season debut

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Feb 13 2019 10:23 AM

Isaiah Thomas #0 of the Denver Nuggets celebrates during the game against the Miami Heat on February 11, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Garrett Ellwood, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Isaiah Thomas could make his Denver Nuggets debut on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings, 10 1/2 months after undergoing surgery on his right hip for the second time.

Thomas was upgraded to questionable on Tuesday and a decision will be made early Wednesday based on how the 30-year-old feels after going through his most extensive practice of the season on Tuesday.

"I'm feeling really good. I'm feeling the best I felt," Thomas told reporters after Tuesday's practice. "I feel like I'm almost ready to play, but it really matters how my body feels tomorrow.

"If my body is feeling pretty good, I feel I might give it a go."

Thomas was a star guard for the Boston Celtics when he injured the hip for the first time during the 2017 playoffs. He averaged 28.9 points per game in the regular season that campaign.

He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason and then was moved to the Los Angeles Lakers later in the 2017-18 season. He played in a total of 32 games before being shut down and undergoing the second hip surgery.

Thomas will be looking to fit into a crowded Denver backcourt that includes starters Jamal Murray and Gary Harris (currently out with a groin injury) and backups Malik Beasley and Monte Morris. Swingman Will Barton also receives backcourt minutes.

Harris is expected back after the All-Star break.

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