Isaiah Thomas, the former point guard of the Boston Celtics and a key member of the squad was surprised when he learnt that the Celtics were willing to trade him to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. NBA fans were surprised when the deal was signed but Thomas was happy because he prayed about the decision and felt it was in his best interests to join the Cavaliers and be a part of a team that had a good shot at winning the next NBA Championship.
The Cavaliers have reached the finals of the last three NBA Championships winning one and losing two to the Golden State Warriors. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were the force behind Cleveland’s success and with Irving gone, Isaiah Thomas was expected to step up for the Cavaliers and play a key role.
Cavaliers Start Rehab For Thomas
That’s not going to happen anytime soon as Thomas is still battling a hip injury and will have to go through rehab. This is not a new injury as Thomas had trouble with it when the Celtics played the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. He is currently unable to run due to the injury and has no idea when he will be fit enough to do so. The Cavaliers have worked out a rehab program for him and he has commenced weight training as of now.
Koby Altman who recently took on the responsibilities of general manager for the Cavaliers was not very forthcoming in providing information on the extent of Thomas’s injury. Altman did confirm that Isaiah Thomas will not start the season for Cleveland as the team did not want to rush him at all. He did confirm that Thomas will not have to go through surgery and will most likely make an appearance in the No 3 Cavaliers jersey before the end of this year.
Tough Year Off The Court
Thomas has had to also face a lot of emotional stress in 2017 and the break could turn out to be a blessing in disguise for the 28 year old. He lost his sister Chyna in April after she passed away from a car accident. His mother who was battling cancer passed away on the same day that he signed with the Cavaliers. Thomas said that he was looking forward to getting back to 100 percent and playing his first game for Cleveland as soon as possible.