The Cavaliers softened their stance on further compensation in the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade in talks with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday, and Thomas told ESPN that his hip injury will not have a long-term impact on his career.

“I am not damaged. I’ll be back, and I’ll be the same player,” two-time All-Star point guard Thomas told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Maybe I am not going to be back as soon this season as everyone wants me to be, but I’m going to be back, and I’m going to be the same player again. No doctor has told me anything different than that.”

Thomas averaged a career-high 28.9 points last season and was a second-team All-NBA selection despite tearing the labrum in his right hip. He told ESPN he aggravated it in March against the Minnesota Timberwolves and it got progressively worse as he continued to play. He was forced to sit out the final three games of the conference finals against the Cavs.

Thomas, 28, was sent to the Cavs on Aug. 22 along with small forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets’ unprotected first-round pick in 2018 for four-time All-Star Irving, who had requested a trade on July 7. Wojnarowski reported that after Thomas underwent his physical in Cleveland on Friday the Cavs were considering voiding the deal. On Saturday, Wojnarowski said the Cavs would seek further compensation.

The two sides talked Tuesday, Wojnarowski said, with the Cavs willing to sign off on the trade for “a late first-round pick or second-round considerations.”

According to league rules, all players involved in the trade must report for physicals by 10 a.m. Wednesday and the deadline to pass them is 10 a.m. Thursday.

Thomas, who will be a free agent after next season, told ESPN he had been in contact with Cavs officials since Friday.

“I don’t know what [the organization] is doing,” Thomas told Wojnarowski. “It’s out of my control. I just want to talk about what I can control, and I know that this [hip] won’t be a problem into the future.”

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