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Isaiah Thomas won’t play in Wizards’ season opener vs. Mavs

Isaiah Thomas, Wizards

Although he recently went through a full practice, Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas won’t play in the team’s season opener against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.

Thomas, who signed a one-year deal with the Wizards this summer in free agency, is recovering from left thumb surgery. He underwent successful surgery to repair a rupture of the radial collateral ligament of his left thumb after hurting it during routine workouts before training camp started:

Thomas was a member of the Denver Nuggets last season, where he fell out of the playing rotation and didn’t see any minutes during the 2019 playoffs. IT is looking to revive his NBA career with the Wizards, and he figures to have a good chance to do it with the second unit.

Ish Smith will be the Wizards’ starting point guard this season. All-Star John Wall is expected to miss the entire season recovering from his Achilles tear. Thomas was supposed to battle Smith in training camp for the Wizards’ starting spot, but his thumb injury prevented that from happening.

Thomas averaged 8.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12 regular-season games with the Nuggets last season while shooting 34.3 percent from the field, 27.9 percent from beyond the arc and 63.0 percent from the free-throw line.