Boston Celtics star point guard Isaiah Thomas will not require offseason hip surgery, president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said on Wednesday.
Thomas re-aggravated a labral tear in his hip during the playoffs and there was some speculation that he might need laparoscopic surgery.
“Isaiah is making good progress,” Ainge told the Boston Globe “He’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”
Thomas met with several hip specialists this summer, and barring any further setbacks, he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
The five-foot-nine guard enjoyed a career year this past season, averaging 28.9 points per game while leading Boston to the No. 1 seed in the East.
In 15 games in the postseason prior to getting hurt, Thomas averaged 23.3 points and 6.7 assists per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent beyond the arc.
Thomas becomes a free agent in the summer of 2018 and all signs point to the Celtics giving him a max deal.