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Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas getting close to participating in contact drills

Isaiah Thomas, Wizards

Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas is getting close to participating in contact drills in practice, according to head coach Scott Brooks.

Thomas 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 his thumb during routine workouts before training camp started.

Thomas participated in non-contact practice on Wednesday:

Thomas is looking to revive his NBA career with the Wizards. He struggled with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers during the 2017-18 campaign and fell out of the Denver Nuggets’ playing rotation last season.

IT hasn’t been the same superstar player since suffering that hip injury with the Boston Celtics in 2017, an injury Thomas had surgery on in 2018 when he was with the Lakers.

Ish Smith will be the Wizards’ starting point guard, even when Thomas comes back. IT was supposed to battle Smith in training camp for the Wizards’ starting point guard 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. He didn’t play at all in the playoffs.

A two-time All-Star, Thomas has career averages of 18.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 485 games. The entire NBA is rooting for IT in Washington.