Cavs are planning to give Thomas his first chance to get in a full court 5-on-5 practice since joining the team following a trade with the Boston Celtics in August.
The Cavaliers have practices scheduled for this weekend ahead of their Christmas Day Finals rematch against the Golden State Warriors, where Thomas is expected to play in live ball competition.
Thomas has yet to play in a game for the Cavaliers after the blockbuster trade that sent him to Cleveland and Kyrie Irving to the Celtics. "A Cavs source described the Napa excursion as a 'nice way to break up a long trip, '" McMenamin said.More news: Colby Covington Calls Out Rafael Dos Anjos, Wants Interim Title Fight
Cavaliers star LeBron James took the court Sunday in Washington, D.C., wearing one black sneaker and one white sneaker - each adorned with the word "EQUALITY" in gold stitching - in an apparent ode to racial harmony. The Cavs first game of 2018 comes on January 2, and it seems Thomas is targeting that game for his season debut.
The final decision on when Thomas will return will be agreed upon by Thomas, Cleveland's front office and their medical staff.
LeBron James, in his 15th season in the National Basketball Association, said what he is achieving on the court has not been done a lot in league history, adding that he wants to "break the mold" and stereotype that older players can not dominate the game as much as younger players.
Also considering what was said in Yahoo's report - with word that sources say that the sides have wanted to ensure Thomas comes back for the "long run without needing a game or two at times to rest due to soreness" - a return on January 3 makes sense.