Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will need four months to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.
The Lakers announced Thomas’ prognosis after the surgery Thursday.
The injury dates back to last year’s playoffs. Thomas tried playing through the injury but was ruled out after re-aggravating the problem in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
In an interview last December with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Thomas said he would’ve bowed out of the playoffs altogether if he could go back and do things over again. He added that he wished the Celtics medical staff would’ve been more forthright with how serious the injury could be before he tried to keep playing
Thomas didn’t make his 2017-18 debut until the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Jan. 2 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Even when assuming he had some rust to shake off after his long absence, the two-time All-Star looked like a shell of the player who finished fifth in the 2016-17 NBA MVP voting.
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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers would consider re-signing Thomas to a one-year deal if they strike out with their pursuits of LeBron James and Paul George.
While that would be a far cry from the contract Thomas would’ve received before his hip injury, it would allow him to prove himself worthy of a lucrative multiyear offer during the summer of 2019.
It was always Isaiah Thomas’ dream to suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers and that came true when the team traded for him, Channing Frye, and a first-round pick in February. The deal marked the end of a rocky, albeit brief, tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He had some ups and downs early on with the Lakers, but did serve as a good mentor for the young players on the roster. Many teammates, as well as head coach Luke Walton, pointed out the impact that Thomas was having both on and off the court.
For Thomas, it’s the second surgery over the past two seasons. As we keep saying, it’s hard to imagine the IT from Boston making a comeback.
The two-time All-Star guard averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists in 17 games with Los Angeles, which acquired him from Cleveland in February.