Cleveland Cavs: Isaiah Thomas Won't Be Ready For Season Opener


However, the uncertainty surrounding Thomas' injured hip, widely reported as suffered in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals, nearly derailed the trade.

During the presser, Cavs general manager Koby Altman said that Thomas' road to recovery will be "non surgical".

Altman added: "We're not going to rush it, at all".

Questions following Thomas' physical examination and his recovery from a postseason hip injury served as a significant hiccup to completing the deal that sent fellow All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. It could also be the difference between Thomas being a one-year loan for the Cavs, or if he's in the long-term plans with the future of LeBron James also cloudy.

The only glimpse about Thomas' timetable came when Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said, "Isaiah's not going to be starting the season".

By trading Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers received a prolific scorer in Isaiah Thomas, a defensive expert in Jae Crowder, a true center in Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick, which is considered their most valuable acquisition.

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More than two weeks have passed since the Cavs and Celtics originally agreed to terms, and the news conference was pushed back an additional 90 minutes because of a travel issue for Crowder. "I'm blessed to be able to be traded to a situation where, realistically, we can win a Championship next year". LeBron James has given no indication of his plans beyond this upcoming season, and by keeping the pick, the Cavaliers can rebuild right away if he decides to leave.

He averaged 28.9 points (career-high) and 5.9 assists per game in his last season with Boston. "And that's when he told me", Thomas wrote. That was bittersweet, Thomas said: He had hoped to build a Brady-like career as an unheralded draft pick who went on to become an all-time Boston great.

"Yeah, that day was tough", Crowder continued.

Now Crowder comes back to the team that initially selected him out of Marquette University, looking to fuel the bench as a lockdown defender and knock-down shooter -- one which the Cavs will make great use of coming into the start of the season.

Following the trade, Brady texted Thomas to ask how he was handling the news.