Isaiah Thomas will NOT need hip surgery, according to Ainge

Everyone, take a deep breath and relax.

Isaiah Thomas will not need hip surgery, per Danny Ainge, reports the Globe's Adam Himmelsbach. This news cannot be overemphasized as categorically excellent for the Boston Celtics, who are simply not prepared to compete at the level of a potential contender without Thomas at or close to full strength next season. Said Ainge on Thomas (again, per Himmelsbach):

“Isaiah is making good progress ... he’s out on the court; he’s shooting. He’s full-speed ahead on the stationary bike and working in the swimming pool. He’s progressing nicely.”

Isaiah, who injured the hip against the Minnesota Timberwolves near the end of the regular season, exacerbated it in the playoffs against the Washington Wizards. He tried playing through pain, but struggled noticeably. Meanwhile, Boston's offseason depleted much of the team's vaunted backcourt depth, leaving the team in a jam after trading Avery Bradley to make room for Gordon Hayward. With this news, the team can turn its attention to who looks the best in camp to make decisions on the final roster - which ramps up pressure on recent signee Shane Larkin, who many have seen as a potential depth piece in case Thomas healed slower than hoped.

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