Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Cavs GM Koby Altman Reveals Team's Plan for Isaiah Thomas' Hip Injury

Cavs GM Koby Altman Reveals Team's Plan for Isaiah Thomas' Hip Injury

The blockbuster trade originally had Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets' 2018 first-round pick going to Cleveland in for Kyrie Irving heading to Boston.

IT at his new Cavs locker and on the Cleveland practice courts (via his wife Kayla's IG story).

We're talking about the injury that ended Thomas' season in May after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals series between the Celtics and Cavs.

Thomas, however, did speak a little about his current abilities.

Altman also made a point of letting the media know he didn't want his entire press conference to be about Thomas' injury. ". We're not going to rush it, at all".

So, what is Thomas' status?

"This was the first place, the first organization, the first group of fans in the league that didn't take one look at me, take one look at my size, and put me into the same role as always", Thomas wrote. Training camp is set to begin September 26.

Crowder, 27, gives the Cavaliers a much-needed three-and-D specialist who can provide depth to a frontcourt that sorely lacked it last season.

Koby Altman confirmed that the treatment plan of Thomas does not include surgery.

"With Thomas expected to miss part of the regular season, Cleveland will be able to evaluate Derrick Rose's fit".

Thomas smiled and joked about everyone wanting to play doctor. "Like Koby said we have a plan and we're just going to attack that plan and get me back to 100 percent as soon as possible". "That's the most that I'm doing right now".

Later, Thomas said his goal always has been to be the greatest player in the game. The question is - who will the Celtics target?

"He's texted me a few times".

Thomas responded: "I'm alright. We're just not gonna put a timetable on Isaiah's return".

But an expiring contract - coupled with a desire for a new, maximum deal - and a hip injury that itself nearly derailed the trade led Celtics boss Danny Ainge to trade Thomas to Cleveland along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round draft pick.

Unlike his former and current teammate with the touchy hip, the 6-6 Crowder is ready to go and coming off the best of his six seasons in the National Basketball Association.

He averaged 28.9 points (career-high) and 5.9 assists per game in his last season with Boston.

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