Isaiah Thomas‘ All-NBA season came to an early end in the playoffs when he aggravated a hip injury he initially suffered back in March but was playing through. The good news is that he does not need surgery on the hip.
Thomas said he thinks he will be ready for training camp the last week of September, he told Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald.
“The hip is great,” Thomas told the Herald on Saturday during his annual basketball clinic at BU, where he was hosting more than 400 campers. “It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better and that’s what it’s all about…
“The decision (not to have surgery) was to sit and rest, and get my legs stronger, get my muscle back working again,” Thomas said. “We’re just going to try to get to 100 percent as quick as possible…
“I should be ready by camp, but I’m getting back in the gym shooting and being able to work out in the weight room and get my cardio back, because I’ve been down for two and a half months since the season ended. It’s getting there though. This week has been great progress for me.”
That’s good news for the Celtics — they need the Thomas who averaged 28.9 points a game and was the team’s offensive catalyst back full force next season to make a push to beat Cleveland. They also need Thomas and Gordon Hayward together in camp to work on chemistry and how to share the ball and playmaking responsibilities.
Him being healthy is also good for Thomas, who is entering a contract year and has every intention of cashing in big next summer. Whether the Celtics or other teams will give him a full max contract (Boston could give Thomas five years at around $172 million, starting at about $30 million a year) is up for debate, but to have a chance he needs to be healthy and perform well this season. Thomas is going to get a major raise from the $6.7 million he will make this season, but teams are going to be hesitant about going four or five years with him, and in a tight market he may need to take a little less than that max.