Now that the blockbuster trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics is official, all eyes turn to point guard Isaiah Thomas and his much-talked about hip ailment.
Thomas, who is dealing with a significant hip injury, is unable to run yet according to multiple reports, as the All-Star guard won’t be ready for the start of the upcoming season.
Every Cavs fan wants to know two things: When will Thomas be cleared to play, and can he get back to his old form?
According to a recent report, while no one in the Cavs’ organization is willing to put a timeline on when Thomas might return, the 5-foot-9 scorer could be out until February.
The fact Thomas isn’t running yet certainly is not a good sign. One source with experience dealing with the type of hip problems Thomas is facing predicted it could be January or even the All-Star break before Thomas returns to game action. That doesn’t leave much time for a new player to establish chemistry and rhythm with a team trying to compete for a championship.
Thomas, meanwhile, spoke with ESPN last week and said, “I am not damaged, I’ll be back and I’ll be the same player.” He also added that not a single doctor he met with told him his injury was career-threatening.
The Cavs are fortunate to have signed Derrick Rose this summer. He will begin the year as the starter at point and is more than capable of running the offense and being that second elite penetrator next to LeBron James.
That said, Cleveland may not be done in terms of making moves.
The Cavs may need to somehow acquire another point guard to back up Rose as José Calderón does not seem suited to play extended minutes on a contending team.