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Isaiah Thomas to have surgery on ailing right hip

Isaiah Thomas opted to not have surgery on his ailing right hip after it knocked him out of last season's Eastern Conference Finals while playing for the Boston Celtics against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He will, now, however, face that prospect, according to his current team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thomas, 29, traded by Boston to Cleveland on Aug. 22 as part of the Kyrie Irving trade, spent seven and a half months rehabilitating a torn labrum in his right hip before returning to the court for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland dealt him to Los Angeles along with Channing Frye and its 2018 first-round draft choice in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. on Feb. 8.

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In 15 games with Cleveland (14 starts), Thomas averaged 14.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists, while shooting 36.1 percent from the field and 25.3 percent from the 3-point line.

In 17 games with Los Angeles (1 start), he averaged 15.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists, shooting 38.3 percent from the floor and 32.7 percent from deep.