Thunder forward Paul George has undergone his second surgical procedure of the offseason, according to Cliff Brunt of The Associated Press, who writes that George’s latest surgery repaired a small labrum tear in his left shoulder.
Previously, George had elective surgery on his right shoulder to repair a partial tendon tear, as we relayed last month. At the time, it was announced that this second procedure was expected, and that the All-NBA forward would likely miss at least the start of Oklahoma City’s training camp in the fall.
While George had a career year and was named a finalist for the Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player of the Year awards, he was hampered by issues with both shoulders down the stretch.
His health problems didn’t meaningfully impact his counting stats, but his late-season shooting numbers reflected his limitations — George shot just 38.9% from the floor and 33.3% on three-pointers in his last 20 games, after posting respective marks of 45.5% and 40.5% up until that point.
George is set to enter the second year of a four-year, maximum-salary deal with the Thunder in 2019/20.