Cavs confirm Isaiah Thomas won't be ready at start of season.
The Cleveland Cavaliers officially introduced Isaiah Thomas, as well as Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic, at a press conference today after finally completing the trade with the Boston Celtics.
Of course, most of the questions at today's press conference were directed at Thomas, who will be wearing #3 for the Cavs this season. However, it remains to be seen exactly when we'll see #3 on the court, as he continues to rehab from an injured hip which could reportedly keep him out of action for months.
Cavs GM Koby Altman told reporters he did not want the introductory press conference to turn into "the Isaiah Thomas hip press conference," but he did say Isaiah won't be undergoing surgery and that the goal is to have him back "at some point this year." Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue later confirmed, Thomas won't be ready for Cleveland's regular season opener against the Boston Celtics.
Altman says the goal is have Thomas back "at some point this year." Not exactly a strong endorsement of Thomas coming back anytime soon.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) September 7, 2017
Koby Altman: "This is not going to turn into the Isaiah Thomas hip press conference." He continues to shut down questions about the injury. pic.twitter.com/QZAxqk7slE— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) September 7, 2017
Koby Altman says that Isaiah won't be having surgery to heal his injury.— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) September 7, 2017
Yesterday afternoon Isaiah Thomas published a heartfelt thank you letter to Boston via The Player's Tribune, wherein he opened up about the recent trade and revealed where he was when he got the call from Celtics GM Danny Ainge. In discussing the trade to Cleveland, Isaiah says he doesn't agree with it but understands it was Boston's right to trade him.
The new Cavs point guard writes,
"I don't agree with it, just personally, and I don't think the Boston Celtics got better by making this trade. But that's not my job. That's Danny's. And it's a tough job, and he's been really good at it. But at the end of the day, these deals just come down to one thing: business. So it's no hard feelings on that end. I'm a grown man, and I know what I got into when I joined this league—and so far it's been more blessings than curses. I'm not sitting here, writing this, because I feel I was wronged. I wasn't wronged. It was Boston's right to trade me."
Check out some more quotes from today's press conference below.
IT4 can't wait to team up with LeBron. pic.twitter.com/PQopXSbcvp— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 7, 2017
Isaiah Thomas asked if people have underestimated him. "Just a little bit," he says with a smile #3Cavs— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 7, 2017
Koby Altman thanks Kyrie Irving on behalf of the Cavs organization. "He became a champion here" #3Cavs— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 7, 2017
Isaiah Thomas says he wants to build a relationship with the Cavs fanbase. "I'm expecting to win a championship here" #3Cavs— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 7, 2017
Koby Altman on Thomas' hip: "It's a non-surgical plan"— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 7, 2017
Isaiah: "Y'all hear that?"#3Cavs
As if there was any doubt, Tyronn Lue confirms Isaiah Thomas won't be ready for the start of the season #3Cavs— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 7, 2017
Jae Crowder said he called Isaiah Thomas immediately after learning about the trade. Isaiah said "Good thing i'm going with you" #3Cavs— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) September 7, 2017