In the offseason, guard Isaiah Thomas found a new home. He signed with the Washington Wizards in July, as they lack their starting point guard. The Wizards are without John Wall, as he will likely miss the upcoming season. Washington lacked point guard depth, and the addition of Thomas potentially eased their depth problems. Now, the Wizards are back to where they started. According to reports, Thomas will be out for six to eight weeks due to a thumb injury.
Earlier this week, the Wizards announced that Thomas needed surgery on his thumb. He suffered a ruptured radial collateral ligament on his left thumb. The injury occurred last Monday as Thomas worked out during practice.
After the injury, Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard spoke about Thomas’s unfortunate situation.
“This was an unfortunate setback for Isaiah, but with his resolve and the top care he will receive from our medical team, we expect him to make a full recovery,” said Wizards General Manager Tommy Sheppard. “In the meantime, he will continue to mentor our young guards and have a positive impact on the team as we start training camp.”
The Wizards are Thomas’s seventh team. He last played for the Denver Nuggets, who he signed a one-year deal with. He made his Nuggets debut in February after battling injuries.
Thomas is most known for his three-year stint with the Boston Celtics, where he once averaged a career-high 28.9 points. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers the season after his career-defining performance. Since then, Thomas has battled injuries and travels from team to team. His hip injury has affected his game and has remained a burden up to his time with the Nuggets. Now, he has to cope with a new injury.
The Washington Wizards are short-handed at the point guard position. Both Wall and Thomas are out, and they traded Tomas Satoransky to the Chicago Bulls (through a sign and trade). So, the Wizards are a bit short-handed.
If Thomas returns as planned, he could be a valuable member of the Wizards roster. Whether it is through his play or being a veteran leader, he can help Washington in the upcoming season. The Wizards’ current point guard situation may be the opportunity he needs, and if he takes advantage of it, it will benefit both him and the Wizards.
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