The Raptors had a disappointing 2020-21 season that saw them finish with a 27-45 record and finish in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.
And the disappointment continued into the offseason for them as their top player Pascal Siakam may not be available to start next season due to a shoulder injury.
the Raptors announced on Twitter that Siakam underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The injury, which occurred on May 8 against the Grizzlies, will prevent Siakam from being out for about five months.
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With the NBA season set to start in mid-October – in particular October 19 – as the league returns to a normal schedule after two campaigns hit by the pandemic, Siakam’s status for the start of the season is questionable at best.
A five-month recovery schedule puts him on track to return in early / mid-November. If so, the Raptors could be shorthanded as they start the season without their star forward. And if free agent Kyle Lowry leaves the team during the offseason, then they could do 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 one to watch heading into next season, and if he can’t get on the pitch, the Raptors could be in danger of facing another slow start.