Isaiah Thomas: Will undergo second surgery on hip

Lawrence Cooper
March 31, 2018

Isaiah Thomas will undergo arthroscopic surgery to his right hip on Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, AKA "Woj", obtained a statement from the surgeon who will perform the operation, and Woj reports it will be a "minimally invasive procedure" that stems from the hip injury Thomas obtained while playing for the Boston Celtics in 2016-17.

The Lakers' mindset makes sense: Thomas' stats in L.A. haven't been eye-popping - 15.6 points and five assists per game off the bench behind Lonzo Ball - but the veteran guard has provided valuable leadership on a young squad and has the talent to produce big numbers if he's fully healthy.

Lakers coach Luke Walton and the front office have been encouraged with Thomas' fit with the team and they feel as though Thomas has had a positive impact on the younger players on the roster.

Walton said the doors to the Lakers' facility would be kept open for Thomas for as long as his recovery and rehabilitation require. Thomas was sidelined for eight months previous year after an earlier surgery. ". Him and Julius [Randle] had a nice connection going".

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Price was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft and pitched for the Rays from 2008-2014, winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2012. Then last week, Nathan Eovaldi, projected as the No. 3 starter, required his own elbow surgery to fix loose bodies in the joint.

According to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks, the market is slated for a reset in 2019, where players like Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, and LaMarcus Aldridge will become unrestricted free agents. I loved the banter between him and (Kyle Kuzma) out there on the floor.

Thomas began feeling stiff Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Thomas had sat out the previous two games.

"He has been a really good leader for us", Lakers forward Brandon Ingram said. "He has kind of been our vocal guy going into every single game, every single day, giving us pieces of advice how to be better every single day and our mind-set going into every single day".

The surgery will nearly certainly have an impact on the guard's future riches - Thomas is slated to hit unrestricted free agency this summer.

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