Thomas struggled to regain his All-Star form after injuring his hip and missing the first three months of the season, LeBron said.
“I want Isaiah to get his bounce back, get his spring back, get healthy,” James told reporters on Friday. “Being out seven months is difficult for anybody. I just feel like he was playing behind the eight ball, not only on the floor, but just trying to get himself back to where he’s accustomed to playing. I wish the best for him in L.A. right now and his future. I want him to get that bounce back, get that spring back. I wish him the best, that’s for sure.”
'I want Isaiah to get his bounce back, get his spring back, get healthy. I just feel like he was playing behind the eight ball...I wish him the best, that's for sure' — LeBron on IT's departure
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— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 9, 2018
Thomas played just 15 games for Cleveland after being acquired this summer as part of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. A hip injury kept him out until the start of the new year, though, and he struggled upon his return. He is shooting just 36.1% from the field this season and 25.3% from three, by far the worst rates of his career.