Thomas and Thompson play 4-on-4; Thompson could play as soon as this week

CLEVELAND– At Cavaliers’ shootaround prior to their game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday, both Tristan Thompson and Isaiah Thomas took part in a four-on-four contact scrimmage.

Rookies Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic took part as well, along with four members of the Cavs’ player development staff.

Thomas has not played a game since the Cavs acquired him due to a torn labrum in his right hip. Thompson has been out since Nov. 1 because of a strained left calf. While Lue declined to give a specific timeline for Thomas’ return, he said that Thompson will “hopefully” see some game action this week.

“Yeah hopefully, we’re not sure how he’s going to feel after today when he got done working out,” Lue said. “So, just trying to get a gauge on how he feels today if there’s any soreness or pain or anything and go from there.”

As Lue pointed out, however, for now, based on their schedule, this is likely the closest Thomas or Thompson will get to an actual practice. He did say the team would likely bring up members of the Cavs’ G-Leaugue affiliate, the Canton Charge, to workout with themat some point as well .

Lue was less candid when talking about the return of Thomas. However, while no date for a potential return was given, contact four-on-four was a big step in the right direction that the team was hoping to see.

While Lue did admit that Thomas looked “good” during the scrimmage, he said they will have to discuss next steps with the Cavs’ training staff.

“Not sure yet, have to talk to George (Sibel) and Steve (Spiro) and those guys to just see what the next step is,” he said. “But since we’re not able to practice a lot because there’s a game every other day or everyday it’s been tough. So, just kind of have to see how he felt after today and go from there.”

After shootaround on Wednesday, LeBron James expressed a similar attitude to Lue when it comes to both guys returning.

“At the end of the day it’s all about the next day,” James said. “When they say they feel good the next day after a workout session, that’s great to know.”

In the meantime, the Cavs will look for their 13th consecutive win tonight as they take on the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m.

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Ashley Bastock

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers women’s basketball for SB Nation’s Swish Appeal. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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