Nuggets G Isaiah Thomas hopeful to return by mid-February, report says

Isaiah Thomas could make his debut with the Nuggets as early as February.

The two-time NBA All-Star has been in the rehabilitation process after having hip surgery in March 2018. According to a report from ESPN, there is “hope among Thomas and the Nuggets organization” he will return sometime during the team’s Feb. 11-13 homestand.

The report, which cited unidentified league sources, noted there is “strong confidence” Thomas will return no later than the first game after the All-Star break on Feb. 22.

Thomas, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Denver in July, responded to the report on Twitter.

Thomas joined the Nuggets by way of Los Angeles. He spent the 2017-18 season with the Lakers after a short stint with the Cavaliers. He hasn’t played a full season since he was with the Celtics in 2015-16.

He averaged 22.2 points that season and followed it with a career-high 28.9 points per game the next season.