It won't be televised, but Isaiah Thomas will be playing some five-on-five soon.
The Cavaliers will either have Thomas travel to Canton, Ohio to play with their G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, or the players will go to Cleveland's practice facility to have five-on-five scrimmages with Thomas.
And it's in that first week of January, Wednesday the 3rd to be exact, that Thomas and the Cavaliers will come to TD Garden for a primetime showdown with the Celtics.
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.
All signs seems to be pointing to Thomas being on the floor for his return to the Garden if all goes well over the next two weeks in what will be perhaps the most anticipated game in the National Basketball Association this season.
Thomas has been out since May and is yet to take part in a full practice session with the team, mainly due to the fact that they very rarely practice.
Thomas has been out all season as he recovers from a hip injury.
ESPN reports that a final determination for Thomas' return would be a joint decision between Thomas, the front office and the medical staff.
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. The two-time All-Star was a member of the All-NBA Second Team in 2016-17 behind a career-high 28.9 points per game, and his presence would take some of the playmaking responsibility off LeBron James' shoulders as the season progresses.