Lakers’ Thomas (hip) leaves team
The pain in Isaiah Thomas’ hip has not subsided, and the Los Angeles Lakers guard has reportedly traveled across the country to seek further medical evaluation.
According to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell and Tania Ganguli of The Los Angeles Times, the two-time All-Star guard has gone to New York in hopes of finding a solution for the injury that has compromised his ability to play since last year’s postseason. Thomas has played in just 17 games this season after initially suffering the injury with the Boston Celtics last spring.
Isaiah Thomas was not with the Lakers during their game Monday night, leaving for New York to evaluate treatment options for his injured hip.
Thomas began feeling stiffness Saturday in Memphis and the Lakers declared him out for that game and Monday’s. It is unclear when Thomas will return to the team or if he is considering surgery.
Thomas has only shown flashes of the player that rocketed to stardom with the Celtics. Overall, he is shooting a career-worst 38.3 percent from the field while committing a career-high 3.2 turnovers per game.
The Cavaliers, who dealt Kyrie Irving in exchange for Thomas during the offseason, quickly moved on from the 5-foot-9 point guard once it became clear he was not the same player. Cleveland dealt him to Los Angeles at the trade deadline, where he hoped to re-establish at least some of his value before hitting unrestricted free agency this summer. Potential suitors, however, will likely want to know exactly how healthy he is.
Thomas, it appears, would like to know that as well.