The Raptors endured a disappointing 2020-21 season that saw them finish with a 27-45 record and finish 11th in the Eastern Conference.
And the disappointment has continued into the offseason for them, as their best player, Pascal Siakam, may not be available to start next season as a result of a shoulder injury.
The Raptors announced on Twitter that Siakam underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in her left shoulder. The injury, which occurred on May 8 against the Grizzlies, will keep Siakam out for about five months.
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With the NBA season scheduled to begin in mid-October, specifically Oct. 19 – As the league returns to its normal schedule after two pandemic-affected campaigns, Siakam’s status for the start of the season is questionable at best.
A five-month recovery timeline puts you on track to return in early to mid-November. If that’s the case, the Raptors could be understaffed as they start the season without their star forward. And if free agent Kyle Lowry leaves the team this offseason, then they could be without two of their biggest offensive contributors in October.
Siakam averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 56 games for Toronto last season. His status will be seen before next season, and if he can’t get on the court, the Raptors could be in danger of dealing with another slow start.