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Cavs: 'Not going to put a timetable' on Thomas' return

Cavs: 'Not going to put a timetable' on Thomas' return

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – While all signs continue to point towards Isaiah Thomas missing some time this season to recover from his hip injury, it appears the Cleveland Cavaliers have all but ruled out surgery as an option.
 
“Our plan is a non-surgical plan,” said Cavs general manager Koby Altman, who said did not want Thursday's introductory press conference to turn into the "Isaiah Thomas hip press conference."

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That's understandable, but as Altman knows all too well, it's totally unavoidable considering how significant Thomas' injury played in negotiations that were prolonged due to the hip. 

When Thomas asked about the latest on his hip and a timeline for his return to action, Altman stepped in to address the question before Thomas could speak.
 
“To be fair to Isaiah,” Altman said, “We’re not going to address any specifics of the hip injury. We’re also not going to put a timetable on his return. We’re not going to rush it, at all.
 
Altman added, “the goal is to bring him back at some point this year and be healthy, and compete and get back to I.T. status. That’s our goal and responsibility to him. We’re not just going to address the specifics of the injury and not going to comment on a timetable.”
 
Thomas, who has been working with Cleveland’s medical team since the trade, said he’s getting treatments every day with the plan to get him back to “100 percent as soon as possible.”
 
On Aug. 22, both sides agreed to a four-player trade that would send Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and an unprotected 2018 Brooklyn first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving pending physicals.
 
That’s where things got messy.
 
Cavs doctors believed Thomas’ injury would keep him out for a longer period of time than they were led to believe in the negotiations with the Celtics, prompting Cleveland officials to ask for additional compensation in the form of another first-round pick.
 
The Celtics didn’t want to put any more compensation into the deal but ultimately reached a compromise by sending Cleveland a 2020 second-round pick from Miami to be added to the deal.
 
Thomas was third in the NBA last season and tops among all Eastern Conference players last season with 28.9 point-per-game average. He was named to his second straight All-Star team and was on the All-NBA second team.
 
While the Cavs did add former league MVP Derrick Rose to the mix as well as Jeff Green, the former Celtic who is a career 13.5 points per game scorer, they will need a dynamic scorer like Thomas if they are to continue their reign atop the Eastern Conference.


 

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Hopes that the Celtics would have Gordon Hayward back in the lineup later this year were dashed last night by Hayward's agent, Mark Bartelstein.

Hayward underwent surgery Wednesday night for a fractured and dislocated left tibia, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens had said earlier in the day that Hayward's prognosis would be better known after doctors saw the extent of the damage. When the operation was over, Bartelstein told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski not to expect Hayward to play again this season.

But there is good news:

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“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Stevens had said earlier. “No timeline on it, but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE