Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will not require hip surgery
After months of indecision, it’s been decided that Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will not require hip surgery this summer, according to Celtics president Danny Ainge.
It’s nearly August, and for a decision on summer to take this long is somewhat concerning on the surface, sure. But this ultimately came back down to the need for the swelling in Thomas’ hip to subside, according to Ainge, with 5-foot-9 star visiting various hip specialists in the meantime to search for the best solution to his woes.
And still well over a month away from the start of the training camp, Ainge noted that Thomas has started to ramp up his training in preparation for the start of the season.
“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Boston Globe. “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”
The 28-year-old Thomas aggravated the injury in the club’s second-round series win over the Wizards, and played in the first two games of the C’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Cavaliers before the Celtics, who were down in the series two games to none at the time, made the decision to shut him down for the postseason.
The Celtics would ultimately drop that series in five games, and used their Thomas-less defeats to shape their summer needs, which centered around a need for the C’s to have shooting options besides Thomas, with the Celtics drafting scorer Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 overall pick and signing Gordon Hayward to a four-year, $128 million contract.
Thomas, who is a seeking a max contract from the Celtics before he hits the open market as a free agent next summer, averaged the third-most points in the NBA last season, at 28.9 points per game, and finished fifth in the league’s MVP voting.
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