Cavs working to get Isaiah Thomas run at G League practices

21 December, 2017, 01:28 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas

He re-aggravated his hip injury during the Celtics' playoff run last season, and has yet to return to the court.

The Cavaliers have practices scheduled for this weekend ahead of their Christmas Day Finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, where Thomas is expected to play in live ball competition.

Since acquiring the 28-year-old in a trade with the Boston Celtics that sent Kyrie Irving in the opposite direction, the Cavs have been taking a cautious approach with him in an effort to get him back to 100% for the crucial stages of the season. A Cavs source described the Napa excursion as a "nice way to break up a long trip".

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"Following the Warriors game, the Cavs play the Sacramento Kings on December 27, and then they have a one-day retreat planned in Napa, California, after that contest, which one source close to Thomas described as a "nice environment" for the two-time All-Star to "get ready" to play his first game".

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, he is targeting a comeback in the first week of January.

ESPN reports that a final determination for Thomas' return would be a joint decision between Thomas, the front office and the medical staff.

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"I don't know where that came from, but I hope so", Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said Sunday night of the report, per ESPN.

When asked if he was consulted on Thomas' return timeline, Lue said, "That's not my job".

Also considering what was said in Yahoo's report - with word that sources say that the sides have wanted to ensure Thomas comes back for the "long run without needing a game or two at times to rest due to soreness" - a return on January 3 makes sense.

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