Report: Nuggets hopeful Thomas will return before All-Star break
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The Denver Nuggets are optimistic that Isaiah Thomas will make his season debut before the All-Star break in mid-February, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Thomas underwent hip surgery last March and could return as soon as a Feb. 11-13 homestand against the Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings, sources told Wojnarowski.

The latest he's expected to be out is Feb. 22, when the Nuggets resume play after the All-Star break against the Dallas Mavericks. The two-time All-Star will be participating in full five-on-five scrimmages soon.

Thomas is just two years removed from being named to the All-NBA second team when he averaged a career-high 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per contest during the 2016-17 season.

A series of hip injuries limited him to 32 games last season, and he's also been sidelined so far during his first year with the Nuggets. The 29-year-old agreed to a one-year, $2-million deal with Denver this past summer.

The Nuggets (30-14) are second in the Western Conference entering play on Friday.

Report: Nuggets hopeful Thomas will return before All-Star break
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