Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas will miss the remainder of the NBA season following successful hip surgery on Thursday morning. He's expected to fully recover from the procedure in about four months.

Thomas has unfortunately dealt with hip problems since playing in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals with the Boston Celtics last season. He initially suffered the injury against the Washington Wizards in the second round, and played on the injury until he was simply unable to against the Cavs in the East Finals.

He missed the first few months of the season, but returned to play 15 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers. That appeared to be disastrous, and while many said the Cavs didn't give both sides enough time for the players to gel, others thought it was clearly time for a change of scenery.

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Thomas was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline along with Channing Frye, and he's helped the Lakers win more than lose since the All-Star break.

The seven-year guard out of Washington had missed the last few games as he received second opinions on his hip, and surgery was deemed to be necessary for a full recovery.

Thomas will have finished the 2017-18 season having played just 32 games between the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 15.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game on just 37.3 percent shooting from the field and 29.3 percent from beyond the arc, both of which are the lowest shooting clips of his career.