Isaiah Thomas: I’ll return from my hip injury and ‘be the same player’

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All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas told ESPN that he has made significant progress with his injured hip toward a return in the 2017-18 season and has a message for NBA teams doubting his long-term prognosis.

“I am not damaged,” Thomas told ESPN on Tuesday. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”

Why Celtics shouldn’t sweeten the deal amid Cavs stalemate

Boston has no shortage of assets, including as many as five first-rounders in the next two drafts. That doesn’t mean it should be rushing to add compensation just to get the Thomas-Irving blockbuster to the finish line.

Thomas, a second-team All-NBA player for the Boston Celtics, was included in a trade to Cleveland for four-time All-Star Kyrie Irving on Aug. 22, but uncertainty surrounding his anticipated return to the court has stalled the finalizing of the deal.

Cleveland and Boston officials started to engage each other on a solution Tuesday, league sources told ESPN. The Cavs are no longer seeking one of the Celtics’ top young players,

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/20501325/isaiah-thomas-says-return-hip-injury-same-player

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