The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning on having Isaiah Thomas participate in five-on-five practices and likely have a scrimmage with their G League affiliate as he gets closer to returning from his hip injury.
Thomas has been out since May and is yet to take part in a full practice session with the team, mainly due to the fact that they very rarely practice. Giving Thomas a practice run with the Charge should also brighten the prospects of the Cavs giving a definite date for his return.
The Cavs, winners of 18 of their last 20 games, have ultra-rare back-to-back practices scheduled for Saturday in Cleveland and Sunday in San Francisco ahead of their NBA Finals rematch with the Golden State Warriors.
"Following the Warriors game, the Cavs play the Sacramento Kings on December 27, and then they have a one-day retreat planned in Napa, California, after that contest, which one source close to Thomas described as a "nice environment" for the two-time All-Star to "get ready" to play his first game".
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Thomas has been out all season as he recovers from a hip injury.
Fans will not see Thomas play against the Warriors, but interestingly, the Cavaliers are scheduled to take on the Boston Celtics on January 3.
And it's in that first week of January, Wednesday the 3rd to be exact, that Thomas and the Cavaliers will come to TD Garden for a primetime showdown with the Celtics.
Per ESPN's Dave Mcmenamin: "A source close to Thomas told ESPN that his camp has ruled out a return before Christmas, taking Tuesday's road game against the Milwaukee Bucks and Thursday's home game against the Chicago Bulls off the table for his Cavs debut".