Thomas dismisses health concerns


August 31, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving, right, looks to drive against Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Cleveland.


All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas believes he will fully recover from a right hip injury that has threatened to void his recent trade to Cleveland.

Thomas, who was dealt by the Boston Celtics to the Cavaliers last week for star Kyrie Irving, told ESPN he has made progress in his recovery.

"I am not damaged," the 28-year-old said. "I'll be back, and I'll be the same player."

After Thomas underwent a physical last week, the Cavaliers had some concerns about the results. A person familiar with the findings told The Associated Press that the trade would not be finalised until the team completed a "deep and thorough review".

The Cavs have continued to weigh their options in recent days, and it's possible they will ask for the Celtics for more compensation - likely another draft pick.

Per league rules, a deal can be voided if a traded player fails his physical.

blockbuster deal

The teams have until 10 a.m. today to complete the blockbuster deal in which Boston also sent forward Jae Crowder, centre Ante Zizic, and an unconditional 2018 first-round draft pick to Cleveland for Irving, who requested a trade in July.

Thomas told ESPN that doctors said his torn labrum will not affect how long he plays. However, Thomas did indicate he may not be ready for the start of the season.

"There's never been an indication that I wouldn't be back, and there's never been an indication that this is something messing up my career," he said. "Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I'm going to be back, and I'm going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that."

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