The Lakers will be without guard Isaiah Thomas for the remainder of the season, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports tweets. The 29-year-old midseason addition underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip today and will be shut down for four months, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet adds.
As we wrote yesterday, the procedure was intended to clean up the joint that has plagued him since last season. It will now bring to an end his 17-game stint with Los Angeles after coming over from the Cavaliers in a mid-season purge.
Thomas averaged a commendable 15.6 points and 5.0 assists per game in 17 games for the Lakers but will hit unrestricted free agency eager to prove that he’s more than an offensive sparkplug best suited for a reserve role. In 2016/17, of course, Thomas finished fifth in MVP voting with averages of 28.9 points and 5.9 assists per game.