NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers primed to snap up Dwyane Wade, sidelined Isaiah Thomas to only return in January

Former Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is expected to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent.
Former Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade is expected to join the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent. PHOTO: AFP

(THE SPORTS XCHANGE) - The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that newly acquired point guard Isaiah Thomas is expected to return from his hip injury in January.

Thomas was acquired last month from the Boston Celtics in a trade for Kyrie Irving.

Thomas suffered a torn labrum in his right hip last season that caused him to sit out the last three games of the Celtics' loss to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavaliers appear to be the front runner to land free agent Dwyane Wade after he reached a buyout agreement with the Chicago Bulls.

The 35-year-old shooting guard was slated to make US$23.8 million (S$32.2 million) with the Bulls in 2017-18 season, but reached the buyout agreement with the Bulls after one season, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

The Oklahoma City Thunder officially acquired All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks.

In exchange, the Knicks received centre Enes Kanter, forward Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second-round draft pick from the Thunder.

The deal was agreed on Saturday afternoon after Anthony waived his no-trade clause ahead of the NBA (National Basketball Association) Media Day.

The Atlanta Hawks acquired utility player DeAndre Liggins and cash considerations from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for draft considerations, the team announced.

In an expected move, the Hawks then released Liggins with the veteran becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Elsewhere, the Indiana Pacers signed forward Jarrod Uthoff. Terms of the contract were not disclosed for Uthoff, who appeared in nine games with the Dallas Mavericks last season, averaging 4.4 points and 2.4 rebounds.