The Raptors endured a disappointing 2020-21 season that noticed them end with a 27-45 report and end eleventh place within the Jap Convention.
And the frustration has continued into the offseason for them, as their prime participant, Pascal Siakam, is probably not accessible to start out subsequent season because of a shoulder damage.
The Raptors introduced on Twitter that Siakam underwent profitable surgical procedure to restore a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The damage, which occurred on Might 8 in opposition to the Grizzlies, will preserve Siakam out for roughly 5 months.
With the NBA season set to begin in mid-October — particularly Oct. 19 — because the league shifts again to a traditional schedule after two pandemic-impacted campaigns, Siakam’s standing for the start of the season is questionable at finest.
A five-month restoration timeline places him on observe to return in early/mid-November. If that is the case, the Raptors could possibly be shorthanded as they start the season with out their star ahead. And if free-agent Kyle Lowry leaves the workforce this offseason, then they could possibly be with out two of their greatest offensive contributors come October.
Siakam averaged 21.4 factors, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per sport in 56 video games for Toronto final season. His standing will bear watching forward of subsequent season, and if he cannot get on the courtroom, the Raptors could possibly be in peril of coping with one other sluggish begin.