Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George underwent a procedure to scope his left knee on Wednesday, the team announced. George is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks as a result of the procedure.
George finished his first season in Oklahoma City averaging 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists, completing one of his most complete individual seasons in the NBA. The season did not end well for George, however, as the Thunder were eliminated in the first round of the NBA Playoffs by the Utah Jazz.
George scored only five points on 2-of-16 shooting in the elimination game, resorting to watching Russell Westbrook attempt 43 shots to will the Thunder to potentially saving their season.
George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers for a year now as the forward made it clear last summer that he wanted to return to his hometown to play for the purple and gold. George’s unwillingness to sign an extension forced the Indiana Pacers to trade their franchise star and move on.
Since joining the Thunder, reports and comments regarding George’s future have been mixed. While the All-Star has continued to say the Thunder’s season was not disappointing due to this being the core’s first year together, multiple reports have claimed that George is as good as gone from OKC.
The Lakers have cleared enough cap space for at least one superstar addition this summer, with the capability to add a second based on other moves.
George’s timetable should have him cleared for basketball activities near the start of free agency on the first of July.