In a post on The Player's Tribute this week, Isaiah Thomas opened up for the first time about his trade from the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Today, he had his first official press conference as a member of his new team.
In The Player's Tribute, Thomas said that the trade that saw Kyrie Irving go to the Celtics and himself to the Cavaliers hurt him, but he's thankful that he had the opportunity to play in Boston. Now's he's in Cleveland, the main thing everybody wants to know is the status of his hip injury.
So far, the most we've known is that Thomas' hip injury got to the point where he was unable to play any more during the Celtics' Eastern Conference Finals series against the Cavaliers. Boston was unable to give a timetable for when he would return.
When the point guard was traded away, that problem shifted over to Cleveland, so the team was asked about today during their first press conference with Thomas as a member of their franchise. Sadly, they gave an answer we've heard a lot recently.
According to ESPN, Thomas was asked by the press when he would return from his hip injury when Cavaliers' general manager Koby Altman stepped in and took the microphone to say they did not have a timetable for his return and that they didn't want any more questions about it.
Altman added the Cavs won't rush Thomas' return, meaning most likely, he will not play in Cleveland's season opener and Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon will have to play at point guard. Coach Ty Lue backed this up by saying the 28-year-old wouldn't be starting the season.
Thomas was part of the biggest trade of the NBA offseason that saw the Cavaliers send Irving to the Celtics in exchange for Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat.
When Thomas will start making an impact for Cleveland remains a mystery, as some reports have stated he won't be back on the court until the All-Star break in 2018. While he is out, Cleveland is set to start Rose at point guard with Calderon as his backup.