Isiah Thomas could rejoin the Pistons during the final week of the NBA regular season, according to the physician treating the All-Star guard's injured right wrist.

Dr. Kirk Watson on Tuesday removed the cast and two stabilizing pins he inserted into Thomas's wrist Jan. 29. During that operation, Watson surgically fused three bones to repair ligament damage.Thomas must wear a splint for at least three weeks. But Watson said from his office in Hartford, Conn., that Thomas could resume playing four to five weeks from now. The Pistons are 13-12 since Thomas was injured and left the team.