Wizards’ Isaiah Thomas goes through full practice, could play in season opener vs. Mavs
Two-time All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas did not play in his new team’s preseason, but the floor general could be back in time for the Washington Wizards’ first regular-season game — a road matchup with the Western Conference’s Dallas Mavericks.
Thomas was initially expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to thumb surgery, which he underwent about a month ago.
Per The Athletic’s Fred Katz, the 30-year-old Thomas practiced on Sunday, with head coach Scott Brooks calling him in “pretty good” shape. Katz figures Thomas’ status for Wednesday’s season opener could be creeping toward available:
Isaiah Thomas went through full practice today. Brooks said he’s in “pretty good” shape. Sounds like playing Wednesday in the opener is a legit possibility.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) October 20, 2019
Thomas signed as a free agent with the Wizards in the offseason, inking a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Southeast Division team over the summer. The diminutive guard had two great seasons with the Boston Celtics after his early career went mostly unnoticed with the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.
Since then, however, Thomas has dealt with injuries — including playing in the playoffs for the Celtics through injury — dampening his time with the Cleveland Cavalier and later the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2017-18 season.
Last season, Thomas spent time with the Denver Nuggets, only appearing in 12 games for the Mile High franchise. The former last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft competed in 44 total contests in the past two seasons, worrying fans and outside observers about Thomas’ health entering his tenure with the Wizards.
Washington needs Thomas’ play to be able to compete in John Wall’s stead. The other All-Star point guard and franchise player for the Wizards is out indefinitely with an Achilles tendon rupture. Meanwhile, shooting guard Bradley Beal, D.C.’s main offensive weapon, signed a contract extension with the club, cementing his status as the face of the franchise for the next five years.
Thomas’ presence in the Wizards’ lineup would be a major boost, as many predict Washington to falter during the 2019-20 season with limited talent on the current roster.