Suns' Isaiah Thomas has surgery on wrist, will return by training camp

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

Thomas has surgery on his left wrist.
Isaiah Thomas has surgery on his left wrist. (USATSI)

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After feeling disrespected by the Sacramento Kings, point guard Isaiah Thomas quickly decided on signing with a team in the same division. The Phoenix Suns acquired Thomas in a sign-and-trade with the Kings for the draft rights to Alex Oriahki and a $7 million trade exception. Thomas seems intent on making the Kings feel sorry for their decision to pass him over for a cheaper option in Darren Collison, whom the Kings signed for the mid-level exception.

To make sure Thomas is able to make the Kings look foolish for passing on re-signing him for the money he wanted, he'll need to be healthy for the upcoming season. The Suns announced on Thursday that Thomas had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist but is expected to fully participate in the team's training camp, which is likely to begin in late September, early October. From the Suns:

Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas today underwent a successful arthroscopy of his left wrist, the team has announced. He is expected to participate fully in the team's training camp. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson at the Hospital for Special Surgeries in New York.

Thomas worked his way from the 60th pick in the 2011 draft to being a 20-point per game, full-time starter for the Sacramento Kings in just two-plus seasons. He started 54 of the 72 games he played in during the 2013-14 season, averaging 20.3 points and 6.3 assists. His deal with the Suns is for four years and $27 million.

He's added to a great core of guards for the Suns, including Goran Dragic (All-NBA Third Team in 2013-14) and possibly Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe is a restricted free agent for the Suns right now, and has been experiencing difficulties in getting a deal done to his liking. He's been seeking close to a max offer as a free agent, while the Suns are offering a deal roughly $30 million lower than his asking price. Bledsoe has the potential to accept a one-year qualifying offer with the team this season and becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2015. That would make the health of Thomas even more important moving forward.

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