Isaiah Thomas’ season-long fall from grace will end with him on the operating table for the second time in eight months. The Lakers announced Thomas will undergo surgery on his problematic right hip Thursday, which will spurn an extended rehabilitation process.
Last summer, Thomas said teams will have to “bring the Brink’s truck” to sign him in free agency. Now, he’s hoping for a flier.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Lakers could be interested in retaining Thomas on a short-term deal, especially if they fail to sign LeBron James and Paul George. Both star forwards will command max-contract slots, which would require the Lakers to jettison Thomas and other players to create cap room for the two All-Stars.
The Celtics shipped Thomas to the Cavaliers last August for Kyrie Irving. He proceeded to miss the first three months of the season due to a torn labrum in his hip, which he suffered playing for Boston last season.
Thomas, 29, lashed out at the Celtics following the trade. He threatened to never speak to Danny Ainge again, and accused the team of misleading him about his hip injury. Last week, however, Thomas floated the idea of returning to the Celtics on Twitter –– perhaps as a sign of his seeming desperation.
The point guard received a standing ovation when he returned to the T.D. Garden Jan. 4, but no tribute video, per his request.
It took just over one month for the Cavaliers to ship Thomas out of Cleveland, due to his poor play and reportedly sour locker room presence. In 17 games with the Lakers, Thomas averaged 15.6 points and five assists per contest.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog