Isaiah Thomas no longer wearing a cast, still expected to miss all of preseason
Washington Wizards point guard Isaiah Thomas has shed the cast he wore on his surgically operated left thumb, needing only a splint in place, according to general manager Tommy Sheppard. The 5-foot-9 dynamo is however expected to miss the entire preseason with his injury, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post.
Thomas has worked on aspects of his conditioning, despite undergoing thumb surgery weeks ago, one that will likely have him miss part of the regular season as well.
The Wizards signed Thomas with the hope to add another dynamic scorer and playmaker to put next to Bradley Beal after executive a sign-and-trade to ship out Tomas Satoransky to the Chicago Bulls. The move left them point-guard-less, as star John Wall is bound to miss the entire season due to injury.
Washington will run with Ish Smith at point guard while Thomas is on the mend, though the hope is that he’s able to get back on the floor as soon as he’s available to return. Thomas was given a six-to-eight weeks timeline of recovery upon undergoing thumb surgery on Sept. 18, which could keep him out until at least early to mid-November.
Thomas has had two offseason hip surgeries and has been unable to start a full season healthy for three straight years now since a bombastic 2016-17 season that saw him rank third in scoring with a 28.9 points per game clip.
The Wizards’ potential playoff hope ride on the health of this backcourt, as Thomas and Beal are vital to their all-around success.