By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers will be without point guard Isaiah Thomas for the rest of the season. The Lakers, who will not make the playoffs, only have a few more games before their season comes to a close.
Thomas had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right hip on Thursday. His recovery is expected to be four months.
Thomas decided on surgery after visiting with a doctor in New York. The procedure “clean[ed] up the joint of all inflammatory debris related to his injury last season,” Dr. Bryan Kelley of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York said to ESPN.
He initially injured his hip against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals last season when he played for the Boston Celtics. He refused to have surgery last summer.
Then, last Sept., he was dealt in a blockbuster deal to the Cavaliers trade involving Kyrie Irving.
He was acquired by the Lakers in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline in Feb. with the Cavaliers. Besides Thomas, the Lakers also acquired Channing Frye, while giving up Jordan Clarkson and Lance Nance Jr.
Thomas, who the Lakers hope to re-sign in the summer, has played in 17 games with the Lakers following the trade. He is averaging 15.6 points, along with 2.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks per game.
After coming back from injury with the Cavaliers, he only played in 15 games. In Cleveland, he averaged 14.7 points, along with 2.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.1 blocks per contest.
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