Isaiah Thomas is nearing a return and his long-awaited debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Thomas has began practicing with the team in a limited capacity and according to reports is anticipating a return to an NBA court in January.
He may be returning to the court sooner than that though, a G-League court.
Here is a report from Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
“Injured Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas is getting closer to his return, with five-on-five practices and a likely G League stint in his immediate future….
in the coming days, the Cavs are planning to give Thomas his first chance to get in a full court five-on-five 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.”
This makes sense for Thomas to get some more legitimate run before returning to the NBA court than he would in an NBA practice.
While it most definitely would have been a lot of fun, Thomas will not be returning for the the Christmas game against the Golden State Warriors. One other incredibly interesting possibility would be the Cavaliers at the Celtics on January 3rd.
It will be very intriguing to see how long it takes the Cavs to incorporate Thomas effectively.