Isaiah Thomas Nearly Ready To Begin 5-On-5 Practice

Isaiah Thomas injury update Cavs target early January return report says

Don't look now, but Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas is inching closer and closer to making his debut with his new team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning on having Isaiah Thomas participate in five-on-five practices and likely have a scrimmage with their G League affiliate as he gets closer to returning from his hip injury. This report indicates that a late-December return is on the table, while Shams Charania of The Vertical reported on Sunday that Thomas would be back for the first week of the January. The Cavs are 22-8, second-best in the Eastern Conference, behind Thomas' former Boston Celtics. According to McMenamin, the Cavaliers do have a practice session schedule on Christmas Eve, but they are unlikely to play him in the game against the defending champions.

Thomas has yet to play in a game for the Cavaliers after the blockbuster trade that sent him to Cleveland and Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.

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Yahoo Sports has reported that Thomas was targeting the first week of January for a return.

Thomas has missed the entire season so far as he continues to recover from an injury to his right hip.

"I don't know where that came from, but I hope so", Lue said following the Cavs' 106-99 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday. McMenamin noted that a source said that Thomas won't play at all in any games before Christmas. The two-time All-Star was a member of the All-NBA Second Team in 2016-17 behind a career-high 28.9 points per game, and his presence would take some of the playmaking responsibility off LeBron James' shoulders as the season progresses.

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