Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas to have hip surgery, ending season
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 29, 2018 08:10 AM
FILE - LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 7: Isaiah Thomas #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass the ball during the game against the Orlando Magic at STAPLES Center on March 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, ending his season.
The Lakers announced the decision Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) before their game against Dallas. Los Angeles (32-41) already is eliminated from playoff contention for the franchise-record fifth consecutive season.
Thomas averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists in 17 games with the Lakers, who acquired him from Cleveland in February. His hip problems also limited him to just 15 appearances with the Cavaliers.
Thomas will have surgery Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The procedure typically requires months of rehabilitation.
Thomas is a two-time All-Star selection who will be a free agent this summer. He has expressed interest in staying with Los Angeles, but the Lakers will first attempt to sign two elite free agents to maximum contracts.