Danny Ainge Says Isaiah Thomas' Hip Injury Could Still Require Surgery

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2017

BOSTON, MA - MAY 19:  Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
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Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge told reporters Friday that while point guard Isaiah Thomas is doing "much better," his hip injury could still require surgery at some point during the offseason. 

According to ESPN.com's Chris Forsberg, Ainge confirmed that even if Thomas does go under the knife, he should be recovered in time for training camp. 

"That's what we're all hoping, that's what we all think," he said, per Forsberg. 

Thomas gutted his way through the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Celtics shut him down after he aggravated the right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear he initially suffered in March. 

Other than Thomas' status for training camp, the other big question facing the floor general this summer is whether or not he'll receive a contract extension. 

Speaking to reporters on May 27, Thomas indicated he would be amendable to hammering out terms of an extension later in order to bring high-priority free agents into the fold now. 

"We need the best possible player that's gonna help us win, and I'm with that," Thomas said, per Forsberg. "Anything Danny and this organization need me to do to help bring even more talent to this city, I'm all for that. I want to win a championship and being so close to getting to the Finals, that makes you want it that much more."

With one week to go until the start of free agency, the Celtics have been linked to Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin and Paul George, among others. 


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