Thomas takes another step toward Cavs’ debut

Isaiah Thomas appears to rapidly be nearing his Cavaliers debut.

Anymore, it seems that all news is good news for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

On top of winning all the time, the Cavs may be getting even more help — and soon.

That’s because point guard Isaiah Thomas was spotted working out in a game of 4-on-4 during the Cavs’ shootaround Wednesday. Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points last season with the Boston Celtics, has yet to make his Cavs debut.

An injured hip has kept him out of action since Game 2 of Eastern Conference finals, but that could change as soon as the end of this month.

Some reports indicate Thomas could be in uniform in time for the Cavs’ Christmas Day clash with the Golden State Warriors.

Other sources have suggested Thomas might actually return two nights after that (Dec. 27), for a considerably more low-key game at Sacramento. That way, Thomas could be eased back in — as opposed to going up against the defending champions right off the bat.

Either way, it appears even more depth is on the way.

“With coach Tyronn Lue and members of the team’s front office watching intently from behind the basket, Thomas moved freely and didn’t appear to have any restrictions during the half-court workout that took place following the team’s morning shootaround,” the Associated Press wrote.

Along with Thomas, Cavs center Tristan Thompson participated in the four-on-four game. In one sequence, Thomas hit a shot over the defense of Thompson.

There is a fairly good chance Thompson could return this week.

Meanwhile, veteran point guard Derrick Rose (ankle) remains out, as does combo guard Iman Shumpert (knee). Rose’s ankle is reportedly mostly healed, but his playing status remains undetermined. Shumpert is expected to miss at least another six weeks following knee surgery.

The Cavs (17-7) have won 12 straight entering Wednesday’s home against the Kings.

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