LAS VEGAS — Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas had surgery four weeks ago to remove a cyst in his left hand that was caused by a procedure he underwent last summer.
Thomas said that surgeons also “cleaned out a few things” in the wrist during the recent procedure. He said he hopes to be 100 percent in 2-4 weeks.
“Working on my right hand while I’m down lol,” Thomas said in a text message.
Thomas, who is a lefthanded shooter, alluded to the surgery Saturday night while taking part in an impromptu Q&A session with fans on Twitter.
On Sunday, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that Thomas’s recovery is ahead of schedule and that he certainly would be back in time for training camp in the fall.
“There no long-term ill effects or anything like that,” Stevens said.
Last Aug. 14, Thomas underwent wrist surgery in New York but returned in time for Suns training camp. He said Saturday that the cyst developed as a result of that surgery, and Stevens said the decision was made at season’s end to have the procedure done.
Thomas was traded to the Celtics in February and averaged 19 points and 5.4 assists in 21 games with Boston. Last Thursday, he attended the Celtics’ summer league game against the Spurs in Salt Lake City. When he met with reporters, his left wrist was not wrapped or in a brace.
Stevens said he was not aware of any other Celtics who had undergone surgical procedures this summer. Forward Jae Crowder has completed his rehabilitation after spraining his knee in Boston’s Game 4 playoff loss to the Cavaliers.
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Forward James Young did not participate in the Celtics’ shootaround Sunday morning and was expected to miss his second consecutive game late Sunday night because of a hip pointer.
Young suffered the injury in the first half of Boston’s win over the Spurs in the Utah Jazz summer league last Thursday when an opponent’s knee struck his hip. He said the ensuing swelling had made it difficult to move.
Young had thought he would be able to return against the 76ers after sitting out Saturday’s win over the Trail Blazers, but the pain is lingering. Stevens said the team does not plan to shut down Young for the remainder of the Las Vegas summer league, however.
“He needs to play if he’s available to play,” Stevens said. “Hopefully he’ll get better quickly, but I think these games are important for James. Every time he misses a game, we obviously want him out there. So hopefully he’ll get better ASAP.”
Guard Marcus Smart was scheduled to sit out Sunday night’s game for regularly scheduled rest. The Celtics are off on Monday before facing the Heat on Tuesday.