Isaiah Thomas injury: Former Boston Celtics star set to undergo hip surgery

Los Angeles Lakers Isaiah Thomas has the basketball stripped away by Indiana Pacers Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday

Los Angeles Lakers Isaiah Thomas has the basketball stripped away by Indiana Pacers Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday

Despite a looming surgical procedure on his right hip, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to hold an interest in exploring a free-agent deal with guard Isaiah Thomas this summer, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

After a magical 2016-17 season with the Celtics, Thomas never recovered from the hip issue that sidelined him for the end of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Thomas has averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 assists per game this season. There is no timetable for the point guard's return but with only nine games left in the Lakers' season, it's probable that Thomas will not play basketball again this season.

Thomas is clearly not a part of the Lakers' long-term plan, but if he can prove healthy enough coming off his latest procedure, it wouldn't hurt to keep an explosive scorer off the bench, regardless of the star power the organization can acquire down the road.

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According to Yahoo Sports senior writer Chris Mannix, Thomas "is likely looking at a one-year deal this summer". After struggling in Cleveland on the court, and potentially creating some strife in the locker room as well, Thomas was traded to Los Angeles. But the hip hasn't been the same since he tried to play through the injury last postseason.

Meanwhile, Thomas' market value has taken a significant hit as he undergoing major hip surgery that now has no timetable for a return.

In the offseason, he didn't want to have surgery to deal with the labral tear in his right hip (the cushion around the bone in the joint) because Thomas was heading into a contract year and didn't want the surgery to be a red flag in free agency.

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