Report: Cavaliers aiming for Isaiah Thomas to return in December

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Losing Derrick Rose on a faltering Cleveland Cavaliers squad was bad news. But while the 2011 NBA MVP figures out whether he wants to return to basketball, the team is angling for another point guard to make his entrance at The Q.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavaliers are apparently aiming for Isaiah Thomas to return before the Christmas Day extravaganza begins.

Thomas, 28, came to Cleveland with Jae Crowder in exchange for Kyrie Irving back before the start of the 2017-18 NBA season.


The diminutive point guard has been hampered by a hip injury that almost quashed the deal between the Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics. Things got sorted of course, but early word was that Thomas was going to miss significant time.

Cleveland is a good offensive team statistically, but they are missing Thomas’ influence. Adding him to the mix — especially as key players like Tristan Thompson are hurt — will give them extra firepower as they try to top both the Celtics and Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference heading into the new year.