The Cavaliers may have introduced Isaiah Thomas to the press yesterday, but they still don’t have a timeline for him to return to the floor.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have their starting point guard on the sideline to start the season. In 2015-16, Kyrie Irving was rehabilitating his knee injury and missed the first 24 games of the season. That worked out pretty well for Cleveland as they won the NBA Championship.
But will they have the same result this year? Probably not, but Isaiah Thomas could be out way longer than Irving was that season. There’s still no timetable for Thomas’ return with his hip injury. It was an injury that was sustained back in May and eventually kept him sidelined for the end of the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Celtics and Thomas opted for the surgery-less route, and now there’s no timetable on his return. The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd added to this story by reporting that it’s hard to predict when Thomas would make his return to the court.
One source with direct knowledge of Thomas’ hip condition told The Athletic last week that he is dealing with more than just a tear. Some of those secondary issues in the hip he has played with for years now, such as a loss of cartilage and some arthritis, are complicating his healing process.
“No one has any idea how quickly this will heal or if it even will heal at all,” the source said. “It’s hard to predict.”
This could be terrible for Cleveland, as they would have Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon playing point guard for a majority of the season. That could spell chemistry issues and continuity issues if Thomas does return late in the season.
We have to stay tuned to see if the Cavaliers and their doctors announce an official return date, but for a small point guard like Thomas, having healthy hips are important.