Isaiah Thomas might see his tumultuous 2017-18 season come to an end after only playing 32 games. The former All-Star guard never really got going this season after a hip injury derailed him towards the end of last season and sidelined him to start this year. With only nine games left in the Los Angeles Lakers season, Thomas has elected to undergo a procedure to clean up some lingering issues from his hip injury.
Following comes from the Los Angeles Lakers and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Isaiah Thomas will undergo arthroscopic surgery to his right hip tomorrow, it was announced today.
An update will be provided following the completion of the surgery. pic.twitter.com/uA7sN5cOSM
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 28, 2018
In a statement received by ESPN on Isaiah Thomas, Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC says: "We will be doing a minimally invasive procedure to "clean up" the joint of all inflammatory debris related to his injury from last season."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 28, 2018
(UPDATE 3/29/18) The Lakers say Isaiah Thomas will miss four months after a successful surgery.
MEDICAL UPDATE: Isaiah Thomas had successful arthroscopic surgery to his right hip today.
Thomas will miss the remainder of the season. His expected recovery time is four months. pic.twitter.com/w8Gne6lvGT
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 29, 2018
Thomas originally suffered the injury last season as a member of the Boston Celtics right before the playoffs began. He played through it and possibly suffered more damage than he would have if he just fixed it right away. He did not undergo surgery to fix it and Thomas has been adament for almost a year saying he was not damaged and could return to all-star form. He was traded over the summer to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a part of the Kyrie Irving trade. Interestingly enough, Irving also recently underwent a ‘minimally invasive’ surgery of his own on his knee.
Thomas played only 15 games with the Cavaliers before they traded him to the Lakers on the trade deadline. After only 17 games played with the Lakers, Thomas will seemingly end his season and not have much to show for this 2017-18 campaign heading into free agency. Isaiah posted per games averages of 15.2 points, 4.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 26.9 minutes in 2017-18.