Nearly a year after a hip procedure, Denver Nuggets shield Isaiah Thomas can force his return to the lineup on Wednesday night, league sources told .

Thomas, who was upgraded to match against Sacramento will make a determination about playing on Wednesday, league sources said. Thomas practiced five-on-five back on Tuesday with all the Nuggets.

Thomas, 29, are returning to a Nuggets (38-15) team that’s now within 2.5 games match of first place Golden State at the West, also using a bevy of talented guards, including Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley, May Barton along with Monte Morris. Thomas averaged 28.9 points per match for its Boston Celtics in 201617, a second-team All- season that appeared to be clearing the way for a longterm, $100 million contract.

But a personal injury on the exact straight hip that cut his playoffs in 2017 and cost him eight weeks of rehab, and a transaction to the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, upended his hopes for that kind of longterm thing. Thomas combined the LosAngeles Lakers last season as a portion of a trade deadline deal with Cleveland, where he played just 15 games.


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