Isaiah Thomas acknowledged Tuesday that he is not in perfect health at the moment, as he recovers from a hip injury that forced him out of last season’s Eastern Conference finals. However, the high-scoring guard, who is awkwardly caught between the Cavaliers and Celtics as they stare each other down over trade terms, insisted that he has no long-term issues and will return at full strength.
“I am not damaged,” Thomas told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. “I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player.”
Thomas was sent to Cleveland as part of a package for Kyrie Irving in a blockbuster deal last week that was held up by the former’s physical examination, in which the Cavs apparently saw something they didn’t like. Cleveland, also set to receive Boston’s Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic, plus the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick in the deal, is reportedly trying to extract another asset, which has a deadline of 10 a.m. Thursday for players involved to pass physicals.
Wojnarowski reported Tuesday that Cleveland may have dialed back its request from one of Boston’s top young players to a first-round pick of some sort, of which the Celtics are well-stocked over the next few years. “The conversation has included second-round considerations, too,” Wojnarowski wrote.
A look at the future draft picks that Boston could potentially add — but will likely resist — using as sweeteners with Cleveland: pic.twitter.com/vI0PnDgp2t
— Chris Forsberg (@ESPNForsberg) August 27, 2017
In any event, neither side presumably wants to have to take back players it just dealt away to a conference rival. Meanwhile, Thomas’s concerns include the fact that he will be a free agent at the end of the upcoming season, and Wojnarowski described him as “forceful” in insisting that his hip was merely a temporary problem.