Isaiah Thomas’s return to the court is fast approaching, and will likely be preceeded by practice with the Cavaliers’ G League team, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.
The two-time All-Star, acquired as part of an offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, has yet to play this season due to a hip injury. Cleveland has managed to keep pace out East with a 23-9 record, but is eager for Thomas’ return to ease the load carried by superstar forward LeBron James.
According to McMenamin, that day is coming sooner than later. Before his return in a Cavalier uniform, however, it appears Thomas will log 5-on-5 practice time with the Canton Charge, Cleveland’s G League affiliate team.
…the Cavs are planning to give Thomas his first chance to get in a full court 5-on-5 practice since joining the team following a trade with the Boston Celtics in August. The Cavs are hoping to find a way for Thomas to scrimmage with their G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, multiple team sources told ESPN. It is unclear if Thomas will travel to Canton or a collection of Charge players will come to the Cavs’ practice facility in Independence, Ohio for the run.
The 5-9 point guard enjoyed a career year last season while guiding the Celtics to the top seed in the Eastern Conference, averaging 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per contest.