How will Isaiah Thomas affect the Cleveland Cavaliers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not putting a time frame on Isaiah Thomas' return from a hip injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.

Thomas, who will be introduced to the local media at an 11 a.m. press conference Thursday at Cleveland Clinic Courts that will also include former Boston teammates Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic and Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and coach Tyronn Lue, posted a lengthy article on The Players' Tribune website Wednesday that detailed his eagerness to play with three-time National Basketball Association champion James. "We're not going to rush it at all".

"But this year ... man, it's not even going to be a thing".

At five feet nine inches Isaiah Thomas has never needed a chip on his shoulder to drive him to be great, but now he's got one. Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue later confirmed, Thomas won't be ready for Cleveland's regular season opener against the Boston Celtics.

By trading Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics, the Cavaliers received a prolific scorer in Isaiah Thomas, a defensive expert in Jae Crowder, a true center in Ante Zizic, and the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick, which is considered their most valuable acquisition.

The Georgia native addressed his situation during Thursday's introductory press conference, noting the significance of the start of his journey in The Land.

Thomas, who works with Sam Goldfeder and Jeff Schwartz, will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season. "I wasn't wronged. It was Boston's right to trade me".

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His older son, James, is excited that his dad will get to play alongside LeBron James. He last played competitive basketball almost four months ago, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, before having to sit out the rest of the series because of his hip.

To strengthen their chance of dethroning the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland should continue upgrading their roster by adding players who can mesh well with "The King".

"When it comes to basketball, there's no pressure", Thomas said.

"There was a lot going on that day, obviously", Crowder told reporters in Cleveland. "And I hope people can understand that when I say it hurt, it isn't directed at anyone".

"I was able to whisper to my mom before she passed", Crowder said.

Thomas has remained relatively quiet on his feelings about the trade.

During his 2.5 years with the Celtics, Thomas says he "fell in love with Boston" and was disappointed because he wanted to go down in New England sports history for bringing championships to Boston.

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