Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas has strained ligaments in his shooting wrist, an MRI revealed, and further complications could lead to him missing time, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Despite the recent diagnosis, Thomas has been determined to play through the pain, sources told Yahoo Sports. Nevertheless, there could come a time in the near future when Thomas could need to consider procedural remedies for the wrist, sources said.
The wrist issue is considered "a short-term nuisance," one source said, and will have no long-term bearing on Thomas' career.
In the aftermath of the Kings' trading of Greivis Vasquez to the Toronto Raptors in December, Thomas, who is 5-foot-9, has flourished as Sacramento's starting point guard. Thomas will be a restricted free agent in July and has expressed a strong desire to remain with the Kings as a centerpiece of the franchise's rebuilding with center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Rudy Gay.
As the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday, the Kings are in a state of upheaval. Sacramento's talks with Brooklyn on a deal to acquire guard Jason Terry and forward Reggie Evans for Kings guard Marcus Thornton have progressed to a serious stage, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
The Kings are discussing a trade of guard Jimmer Fredette with several teams, sources said.
Thomas has averaged 20.2 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. He was the 60th overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft out of the University of Washington.