Isaiah Thomas' season ended at the end of last month when he was sidelined for the rest of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, and with him becoming a free agent this summer, he may have played his last game for his current team, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Thomas' hip injury has been around since his time with the Boston Celtics during the playoffs in 2017. It forced him out early in the Eastern Conference Finals last year, and he's never really returned to the form he once had.
He didn't have a great time with the Cleveland Cavaliers after his trade from Boston last summer, but he managed to bounce his performances once the Cavs moved him on to the Lakers. The point guard feels like he's done enough for teams considering him in free agency this summer to take a chance on him.
Thomas said to Bill Oram of Orange County Register: “I feel like I played pretty well. I could always play better, but at the same time, I showed people that I can still play at a high level given the opportunity.”
As for if his hip will affect how teams approach him in free agency this summer, the point guard doesn't think it will be an issue since he's expected to be fully recovered in four months time. He still feels like he has made the best decision for himself and the rest of his career in the NBA.
He said: "The results will show that the surgery only fixed it. The world knew that I never got my labrum fixed when I was going through that and trying to heal on my own. … The decision that I made it felt like it was the best decision for me personally, individually, as a basketball player for the rest of my career."
Thomas will be hoping to finally receive his big payday when he becomes a free agent later this summer, but, due to his recent troubles with his hip, he's more than likely to play out the 2018-19 season on a one-year 'prove it' deal in order to try and get that payday.
There's a chance he could still re-sign with the Lakers as well, but since they probably won't want to give Thomas a big payday if he does play well next season, he might be better off looking to start fresh elsewhere in the NBA. Thomas has expressed a desire to start at point guard in the league too, which might put other teams off putting a bid in for him as well.
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