Thomas, who was upgraded to questionable for the Nuggets game against Sacramento in Denver, will make a determination about playing earlier in the day on Wednesday, league sources said. Thomas practiced five-on-five again on Tuesday with the Nuggets.
Thomas, 29, would be making his first appearance with a Nuggets (38-15) team that is currently within 2.5 games of first place Golden State in the West, and employing a bevy of talented guards, including Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Malik Beasley, Will Barton and Monte Morris. Thomas averaged 28.9 points per game for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17, a second-team All-NBA season that appeared to be clearing the way for a long-term, $100 million contract.
Nevertheless, an injury on the same right hip that cut short his playoffs in 2017 and cost him eight months of rehab, and a trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer, upended his hopes for that kind of long-term deal. Thomas joined the Los Angeles Lakers last season as part of a trade-deadline deal with Cleveland, where he played only 15 games in 2017-18.
With the Lakers, Thomas played in 17 games and mostly came off the bench, averaging 15.6 points and 5.0 assists.
He signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Nuggets in July.