Pascal Siakam could miss the start of the 2021-22 NBA season.
The Toronto Raptors star forward had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and is expected to recover in five months. The procedure seems similar to Bulls guard Coby White’s surgery and has a similar timeline.
Siakam broke out in the 2018-19 season for Toronto, averaging 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting at career-high levels from the field and behind the arc. Siakam was instrumental in the Raptors capturing their first NBA championship and was also named Most Improved Player for the 2019 season.
Despite Kawhi Leonard’s departure after the title, Siakam led the Raptors to the No. 2 seed during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season. Toronto made the second round of the playoffs in the Orlando bubble, losing to the Boston Celtics in Game 7.
Siakam’s recovery timeline suggests he’ll miss the beginning of the 2021-22 NBA season, which will start Oct. 19. The Raptors are likely going to enter a rebuild during the offseason, meaning the team can ensure Siakam makes a full recovery without rushing back. He has three years remaining on his four-year, $136 million contract.