Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his on his right hip, the team announced Thursday morning.
Thomas will also forgo the rest of the season in order to get this surgery and have more time to recover following it.
This has been a lingering issue for Thomas dating back to last year when he was playing for the Boston Celtics. He attempted to play through the pain the game two of the Easter Conference Finals last year, but was ruled out after reaggravating it.
It has been a rollercoaster ride to say the last for Thomas over the past year. Playing for three teams over this time period while also battling injuries has given Thomas very little stability to work with.
He did not even make his debut in cleveland until Jan. 2 when the Cavaliers played the Portland Trail Blazers.
Thomas has averaged 15.2 points and 4.8 assists while shooting 29.3 percent from 3-point range over his play this year with both the Cavaliers and the Lakers.
While the situation is not ideal for Thomas, it is the best long-term solution for him going forward.
Perhaps the biggest implications this surgery will have are Thomas’ free agency options at the end of this season. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Lakers would consider resigning Thomas to a deal if they were able to acquire LeBron James and Paul George as their desired targets this offseason.
Regardless, this is an issue that any NBA team has to address if they were to sign him to a contract.