Per both Jason Lloyd and Joe Vardon, the Cavaliers have reported that Isaiah Thomas should be back by January. Team officials have also stated that Isaiah has already started on-court activities. The team did not comment on a specific day in the month that they’re expecting his return, or if they believe he will be 100% healthy when he does come back.
Injured Cavs guard Isaiah Thomas expected back on the floor by January, according to the team. He has started on-court activities.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydNBA) September 25, 2017
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) September 25, 2017
While it is not ideal that Thomas will be out for that long, it is reassuring to now know the team’s expectations for his recovery. The Cavs have experience with inserting a starter in January. They did the same in the 2016 season with Kyrie and that turned out pretty well for the team. This previous experience with managing the roster and the minutes of the bench players early on should come in handy as they plan to do the same with Isaiah.
During Tyronn Lue’s media day press conference today, he said at this moment Derrick Rose will be the starting PG for the Cavs with Isaiah Thomas out. Rose was a serviceable point guard last year for the Knicks before his latest knee injury. The Cavs will be dependent on Rose staying healthy since they’re severely lacking in point guard depth early on. He will never be the same player that he was during his MVP season, but if he’s able to contribute in the same way he did last year until IT returns, the Cavs will be fine.
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