Cavs fans anxious to see Isaiah Thomas play in a Cleveland uniform will have to be patient. While Thomas has been shooting with the team, NBC Boston’s Raul Martinez reported Thomas is unlikely to return until January as he recovers from a hip injury.
The Cavaliers mentioned January as a potential target return date in an official statement (via Sports Illustrated) released by the team.
Isaiah Thomas has successfully continued with the rehabilitation process related to his right hip impingement. Based on his progress thus far and after several weeks of evaluation and monitoring with the Cavaliers medical team and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, the team and Thomas are hopeful he will be in position to return by January. His status will be updated again, along with any further timeline adjustments, after the start of the regular season.
According to Cleveland.com, Thomas could return as early as December.
In hindsight, Thomas admits he should not have played through the injury during the playoffs, as it likely pushed back his recovery. Thomas went into great detail on his recovery in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated.
“No doubt about it, I should have sat out the playoffs,” Thomas told Sports Illustrated. “No way around it, I made it worse.”
Thomas went on to explain he was not able to have the surgery right away because the doctors recommended rest before the surgery could take place. Thomas understands trades are part of the business, but felt this one was personal given all he conquered over the last year.
“Boston is going to be all love,” Thomas told Sports Illustrated. “I might not ever talk to Danny again. That might not happen. I’ll talk to everybody else. But what he did, knowing everything I went through, you don’t do that, bro. That’s not right. I’m not saying eff you. But every team in this situation comes out a year or two later and says, ‘We made a mistake.’ That’s what they’ll say, too.”
Derrick Rose will fill in for Thomas at point guard in the Cavs starting lineup.