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The tough news keeps on coming for Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas, who will miss six to eight weeks after surgery on his left thumb, the team announced Wednesday.
Thomas, 30, is 5-foot-9 and agreed to a one-year contract with the Wizards in July. Assuming the Wizards’ timeline is accurate, he will miss all of training camp and even the start of the regular season.
“This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care he will receive from our medical team, we expect him to make a full recovery,” Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard said in a statement. “In the meantime, he will continue to mentor our young guards and have a positive impact on the team as we start training camp.”
Thomas was expected to help fill in for injured starting point guard John Wall, who may miss large portion or even all of the season. Ish Smith and rookie Justin Robinson are the other point guards on the roster.
Thomas appeared in just 12 games last with the Denver Nuggets, averaging 8.1 points. The Wizards are his fourth team in three years.
He led the Boston Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017, averaging of 28.9 points. But he suffered a major hip injury during that series vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers and hasn’t been as productive since.
Thomas was traded to the Cavs as part of the deal for Kyrie Irving, then traded that same season to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers opted not re-sign him last summer, when he landed a one-year deal with the Nuggets.
“Nobody knew what to expect with me coming off hip surgery last year, and two summers of rehab,” Thomas told ESPN recently. “Now, I can go back to being a gym rat this summer, work on my game again, and build my body back up — my muscle mass, my leg strength — all like I had going into the 2017 season.”