Thomas ‘well ahead of schedule' after minor surgery


LAS VEGAS -- Isaiah Thomas should be ready to go before training camp starts after undergoing offseason surgery to remove a cyst from his left (shooting) wrist that was caused by a previous surgery.

“He’s well, well, well ahead of schedule,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens.

Stevens described the surgery as being “minor,” adding that it was something the Celtics were aware of would need to be done at some point this summer.

“It’s a small, minor thing,” said Stevens who added that the surgery took place in the middle of June.

Thomas was acquired by Boston at the February trade deadline and provided an immediate scoring spark off the Celtics’ bench.

In fact, he led the team in scoring with 19 points per game and was runner-up for the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Thomas had surgery previously on the wrist a few weeks after signing with the Phoenix Suns in the summer of 2014, but was able to return in time for training camp.

The 5-foot-9 guard is playing with his third team in just four seasons in the NBA, but appears to be working tirelessly to make the Celtics his home and in doing so, attempting to convince other talented players to join him.

Thomas has made a point of trying to recruit some of the league’s top free agents this summer, but like the Celtics he too struck out in getting them to take their talents to Boston.

“Before I got here, I didn’t know much about Boston other than the history,” Thomas said. “But the fans, the city, it’s unbelievable. It’s something you definitely want to experience. It’s the best city I’ve been in by far, because of the fans and how dedicated they are to the Boston Celtics.”

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