Isaiah Thomas to have arthroscopic hip surgery

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Thomas' hip woes have limited him to just 32 games this season after making his debut as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 2.

Isaiah Thomas will undergo arthroscopic surgery to his right hip on Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced.

L.A. didn't offer a timetable on his return, but the doctor performing the surgery, Dr. Bryan Kelly of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, described it as a "minimally invasive procedure to "clean up" the joint of all inflammatory debris related to his injury from last season", according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. At both stops, Thomas was limited by his damaged hip, which he hoped would respond to non-surgical rehabilitation.

Thomas was traded during the offseason and returned to the court on January 2 with the Cavaliers.

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In the offseason, he didn't want to have surgery to deal with the labral tear in his right hip (the cushion around the bone in the joint) because Thomas was heading into a contract year and didn't want the surgery to be a red flag in free agency.

The Lakers reportedly like Thomas' fit with the team, and how he has impacted the young players, but they are going after some big fish this summer, namely LeBron James and Paul George. If the Lakers are unsuccessful in those recruitments, it would significantly increase the front office's interest in exploring one-year deals for the 2018-19 season to preserve future salary cap space, league sources told ESPN. Thomas, when fully healthy, was an All-Star in the 2017 season and was excellent closing out games for the Celtics.

The Lakers are 32-41 this season.

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