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Here’s the time­line of Isa­iah Thomas go­ing from a po­ten­tial max con­tract to the vet­eran’s min­i­mum.

May 20, 2017: Thomas ruled out of play­offs with hip in­jury

Af­ter play­ing the day af­ter his sis­ter’s death and then through den­tal surgery ear­lier in the play­offs, Thomas has to be shut down due to a hip in­jury.

June 26, 2017: Thomas fin­ishes fifth in MVP vot­ing

Thomas is recog­nised for a sea­son in which he av­er­aged 28.9 points, 5.9 as­sists and 46.3 per cent shoot­ing to lead the Celtics to the East­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals. It’s a re­mark­able achieve­ment for a player who stands un­der six feet and was drafted with the last pick in 2011.

Au­gust 22, 2017: Thomas is traded to the Cava­liers for Irv­ing

Bos­ton send Thomas, Jae Crow­der, Ante Zizic and Brook­lyn’s 2018 firstround pick to Cleve­land for Kyrie Irv­ing. Thomas’ con­cern­ing phys­i­cal, which re­veals how se­ri­ous his hip in­jury is, de­lays the trade be­fore Bos­ton throw in a sec­ond-round pick to com­plete it.

Jan­uary 2, 2018: Thomas make his de­but with the Cava­liers

Thomas fi­nally re­turns to the court fol­low­ing months of re­cov­ery and looks good while scor­ing 17 points on 6-of-12 shoot­ing in a win over the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers.

Fe­bru­ary 8, 2018: Thomas is traded to the Lak­ers

Af­ter strug­gling to find his rhythm and role with the Cava­liers, Thomas is moved to Los An­ge­les, where he comes off the bench to av­er­age 15.6 points on 38.3 per cent shoot­ing.

March 28, 2018: Thomas un­der­goes hip surgery

Thomas has arthro­scopic surgery on his right hip to clean up in­flam­ma­tory de­bris from the in­jury suf­fered the pre­vi­ous year. The pro­ce­dure ends his sea­son af­ter 32 games played between the Cava­liers and Lak­ers, with a four-month re­cov­ery time ex­pected.

July 13, 2018: Thomas agrees to a one-year deal with Denver

The Denver Nuggets fi­nally take a chance on Thomas with a one-year, $2 mil­lion deal af­ter no other teams jump at the op­por­tu­nity to sign the for­mer All-Star in free agency. Thomas joins his for­mer coach in Sacra­mento, Mike Malone, and a team with play­off as­pi­ra­tions.

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