The basketball world was taken by surprise when the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics took part in what can be called a “mega” trade. As a result of this deal, the Cavaliers acquired Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, an unprotected 2018 first rounder from the Brooklyn Nets, and a 2020 second round draft pick from the Miami Heat, while the Boston Celtics acquired Kyrie Irving.

However, with Isaiah Thomas battling a hip injury suffered from last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs, the question remains when the spitfire guard will be back for the Cavaliers this upcoming season.

In an article by Gary Washburn for The Boston Globe, orthopedic surgeon Derek Ochiai offered an explanation for why this injury may be a serious one, requiring a long period of time to recover:

A major concern for the Cavaliers is whether Isaiah Thomas can still return to his high level of play from last season, as he recovers from his injury. He proved himself as a force to be reckoned with last season, as his scoring and passing capabilities led the Boston Celtics to the number one seed in the East and conference finals, eventually losing to the Cavs.

Only time will tell if Isaiah Thomas will be able to recreate the success he had last season in a totally new environment, but until then, the Cavaliers will have to wait and see when Thomas will be able to get back on the court.