SALT LAKE CITY – Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas (hip) will have a follow-up visit with his physician within the next 10 days, but surgery appears “unlikely” according to head coach Brad Stevens.
Stevens had a chance to spend some time with Thomas on Sunday as part of the Celtics contingent that met with free agent Gordon Hayward in Boston.
While Stevens declined to speak about the Hayward visit, he was more than open to discussing the latest on Thomas’ health which was indeed in question.
Thomas suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against the Washington Wizards.
He finished out the series, but the Celtics’ medical staff, fearing Thomas would only worsen the injury if he continued to play, was shut down during Game 2 of Boston’s Eastern Conference finals series against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
As for Thomas now. . .
“He’s got a follow-up with his doctor … either next week or 10 days out from now to determine the next steps,” Stevens said prior to Boston’s summer league matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Stevens added that the two-time All-Star “should be ready to go.”
When asked about potential surgery as still being an option, here’s what Stevens had to say.
“Everything I’ve been told, everybody I have talked to, it looked unlikely that they would need (surgery) but I don’t want to speak in absolutes,” Stevens said. “I’m not a doctor; I’m just a coach.”
Thomas led all players in the Eastern Conference with 28.9 points per game last season and was named to his second straight All-Star team.
He is entering the final year of a four-year, $27 million contract that will pay him $6.26 million this season.