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Isaiah Thomas will be out for 4 months following hip surgery

The Lakers guard went to New York for further evaluation on his hip, and subsequently decided to have the clean-up procedure done.


Kahron Spearman


Per ESPN, Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will be out four months following arthroscopic surgery to repair his problematic right hip, according to the team on Thursday.

After getting some additional opinions and further evaluation on his hip, Thomas decided on surgery after flying to New York. The procedure was to "clean up the joint of all inflammatory debris related to his injury from last season," according to Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York to ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk.

[Thomas] never complained. Every time I asked him how he was feeling, he said, 'I feel great coach.' Obviously, he was in some pain and had some discomfort. I didn't know about it because he was always saying how good he felt. He really helped our team with obviously the way he can score the ball, but the things that does from a point guard position where he was constantly telling guys where to be, how to set the screen, where to set the screen, which is valuable for young players. I was very pleased with the time that he spent with us.

Thomas participated in 32 total games this season for Los Angeles and Cleveland. He did not play until Jan. 2, while still with the Cavs, after rehabbing his hip. Thomas was first shut down following just two games in the Eastern Conference Finals for a right femoral-acetabular impingement with a labral tear.

Ohm Youngmisuk writes that Thomas will split his time between Seattle and Los Angeles for rehabilitation. 

In the bigger picture, the Lakers are open to bringing Thomas back for a year trial, but will not command the nine-figure deal he's longed for this summer. 

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