NBA reporters fantasy Q&A: Kawhi nearly ready? Isaiah by Christmas?

When will Isaiah Thomas return to action? Will he hit the hardwood at full speed or be eased back? AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File

Each Thursday this season, we ask a series of questions to our ESPN NBA reporters to give you their inside takes on key fantasy topics.

This week's topics:

This week's contributors are Dave McMenamin, Michael C. Wright, Ian Begley, Royce Young, Ohm Youngmisuk and Ian Begley.

What is the likelihood we will see Isaiah Thomas on the court by Christmas? Will he be worked in slowly?

Dave McMenamin: Barring any unforeseen setbacks as Thomas ramps up his on-court work