OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
7 days ago

The Cavaliers are targeting January 1 as a potential return date for Thomas (hip), who has not yet played this season, Marc Stein of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Publicly, the Cavaliers haven't said much about Thomas' continued recovery from a hip injury, but the All-Star has been warming up before recent games and does not appear to be physically limited. Per Stein, Thomas said that at this point it's a matter of "getting back in shape" considering he hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly six months. Once healthy, Thomas is expected to eventually move into the starting lineup at point guard, though the Cavaliers will likely ease him back into action.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
2 weeks ago

Thomas (hip) was seen taking shots during pregame warmups ahead of Friday's tilt against the Wizards, David Aldridge of Turner Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thomas, who could be back before January, continues to work back from a hip injury that has delayed his Cavaliers debut. While his activity prior to Friday's game isn't a landmark sign of progress, it's encouraging to see he seems to be on the right track. In the meantime, expect Derrick Rose to continue functioning as the team's starting point guard.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
2 months ago

Thomas (hip) could return to action sometime in December, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Much has been made of Thomas' hip injury since it nearly derailed his trade to the Cavs, but after three weeks of rehabbing in Cleveland, the team's medical staff is apparently optimistic about the point guard's progress. The Cavs indicated Monday that Thomas could be back on the floor before the end of the calendar year, and if that's the case, it would mean he'd miss somewhere around 30-35 games. With Thomas presumably out for roughly the first two months of the season, fellow new addition Derrick Rose figures to see increased minutes, with LeBron James likely spending considerable time operating as the Cavs' de facto point guard.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
2 months ago

During Thomas' (hip) introductory press conference Thursday, GM Koby Altman said the goal is to have Thomas back "at some point this year", but he wouldn't provide a concrete timetable for a return, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cavaliers continue to remain mum on the severity of Thomas' hip injury, which brings with it plenty of concerns over his availability for the start of the season. Altman's comments don't necessarily ease those concerns and without a timetable for a return, Thomas can be considered questionable for the opener. More information should become available once training camp and the preseason kicks off, but for now, it appears the Cavaliers are comfortable leaving everyone in the dark about Thomas' availability moving forward. If Thomas isn't ready at the start of the season, Derrick Rose figures to take his spot in the top unit at point guard.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
3 months ago

Thomas has officially been traded to to the Cavaliers, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Celtics threw in a 2020 second-round pick to go along with the original trade package of Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick. There has been drama since Friday when it was announced the Cavaliers were not completely satisfied with the results of Thomas' physical. The deal was never thought to be in serious jeopardy, but there was real concern growing as the teams failed to finalize the trade in subsequent days. The issue at hand was the status of Thomas' hip. He informed Wojnarowski earlier in week, "Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I'm going to be back, and I'm going to be the same player again." Given that the Cavaliers only got a future second-round pick, the information they learned at the physical was presumably not much more than they were originally given by the Celtics. However, Thomas' status for the beginning of the regular season remains up in the air.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
3 months ago

In an interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Thomas (hip) claimed he'll come back the same player following his injury, though he didn't give a specific timetable for a return. "There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career," Thomas said. "Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I'm going to be back, and I'm going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that."

EDGE Analysis

The Cavaliers and Celtics continue to work out the specifics of the last week's blockbuster deal after a slight hiccup regarding Thomas' hip stopped the trade from going final. According to the report, the Cavaliers are merely looking for a draft pick to be added to their compensation, which shouldn't pose a serious threat to getting the deal done. That said, clarity surrounding Thomas' hip has yet to be provided and the concern regarding his availability for the start of the regular season remains intact. Thomas is specifically quoted mentioning that he may not be back soon as everyone hopes, so that adds fuel to the fire that there's a chance he could be sidelined to start the year. Thomas is unlikely to be cleared ahead of the preseason schedule, but look for periodic updates on the hip over the next month once the trade goes final.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
3 months ago

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, "the Cavaliers are still evaluating (Thomas') hip and weighing options" with the pending trade involving Kyrie Irving.

EDGE Analysis

Wojnarowski added one of his sources involved in the process indicated "it's a very sensitive situation." All players in the deal must pass a physical or a deal could potentially be voided. It is far too early to tell if the trade is in actual jeopardy. However, it adds more intrigue to this already captivating story line.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
3 months ago

Thomas (hip) may not be fully healthy for the start of the Cavaliers' training camp, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. Celtics president Danny Ainge said Thomas' hip injury played "some" role in the trade and that "There's going to be probably a little bit of delay for [him] as he starts the season."

EDGE Analysis

It's worth noting that Ainge's tone has changed somewhat from when it was initially reported by Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe on July 26 that Thomas wouldn't need surgery. Ainge said of Thomas then that he was "making good progress" and "progressing nicely". Thomas was also evaluated by several hip specialists at that time and it was determined that he would be ready for training camp. That said, Thomas will be given a physical by Cleveland -- who seem not to be overly concerned with the injury -- soon, which should provide more clarity on the situation.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
3 months ago

Thomas (hip), along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round pick, will be traded to Cleveland in exchange for Kyrie Irving, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite averaging a career-high 28.9 points with the Celtics last season, many questioned whether or not Thomas could lead Boston to a title. It appears the Celtics themselves weren't quite so sure on that point and have now opted to acquire Kyrie Irving from the Cavaliers, while sending Thomas to Cleveland in return. The move for Thomas will likely come with a bit of a role reduction offensively, with LeBron James commanding the ball at a much higher rate than Thomas' former teammates in Boston. That should mean a drop in his overall usage, though Thomas will still be locked into a starter's workload. That all being said, with just one-year left on his current deal and a potential rematch against his former team expected in the Eastern Conference Finals, Thomas will have all the incentive necessary to have yet another strong season. While he is coming off a hip injury, Thomas is fully expected to be good to go for the start of training camp.

OUTIsaiah Thomas
PG CLE
4 months ago

Thomas, as expected, will not undergo hip surgery, Adam Himmelsbach of The Boston Globe reports.

EDGE Analysis

While not a surprise, the news that Thomas will not need hip surgery should come as a relief for both the Celtics and Thomas. The point guard suffered the injury in March and aggravated it during the playoffs, costing him the final three games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cavaliers. According to Celtics' General Manager, Danny Ainge, Thomas is "...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." Several hip specialists have reportedly evaluated Thomas, determining that he should be able to rejoin the team at the beginning of training camp barring any unforeseen setbacks.