The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that All-Star forward and free agent to be Paul George underwent a successful knee scope procedure on his left knee in Los Angeles, California. George will be able to return to offseason workouts in six to eight weeks.
From the Thunder:
The five time NBA All-Star played 79 of 82 regular season games for the Thunder this past offseason. One of the three games George missed was due to left knee soreness during the 97-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on December 29th, 2017.
A six to eight window puts George in line to return to offseason activities towards the end of June to the beginning of July. George is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Oklahoma City holds his bird rights, allowing the franchise to pay him the largest amount of money of any potential suitor.
During his exit interview on April 25th, George spoke on a desire to concentrate on getting back to 100 percent.
“I think just getting healthy,” George said. “Getting my body back healthy. A lot of nicks and bruises over the course of the season. That’s first and foremost.”
During Game 1 of the Utah Jazz series, George suffered a hip contusion which hampered him in the six game postseason run. When asked if there were other lingering injuries at his exit interview, George answered, “Yeah, I got a couple. I got a couple.”
“Again, getting away from the game whatever medically I need to do to address that this summer,” he added. “But, then after all of that is done, then it’s going back to the gym, getting back into the lab, working on what I need to work on, watching film.”
George posted a picture on his Instagram story of him on a medical bed, saying he was in “good spirts.”