The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Tuesday that All-Star Paul George underwent rotator cuff surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder. The expectation is he will miss at least the start of preseason training camp, league sources told ESPN.
Along with George -- who will also soon undergo a procedure to correct a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder -- All-Star guard Russell Westbrook had a procedure done to repair a torn ligament in a finger on his left hand, the team announced.
[Westbrook] also had a minor procedure on his surgically repaired right knee Tuesday -- described as proactive maintenance -- that will allow him time to still have an aggressive summer of preparation for next season, sources said.
Essentially what we all thought happened, actually did happen. George, bothered by shoulder issues since the All-Star break, had damaged his rotator cuff, hindering his ability to continue the white-hot shooting he enjoyed during the first 2⁄3 of the season.
Meanwhile, Westbrook who, despite finishing with his 3rd straight triple-double season average, concluded the season with one of his worst aggregate shooting performances since his 2nd year in the league.
The combination of the pair’s ailments led to a 4-1 loss in the opening round of the playoffs to the Portland Trail Blazers, where Westbrook shot 36% from the floor. George, despite the most prolific offensive season of his career, which carried into the post-season, could not help the team translate it into playoff success.
George will be reevaluated in early fall, while Westbrook’s timetable is unknown.