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Clippers’ Paul George says he’s around 85-90%, aiming to return in November

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LA Clippers star Paul George says he’s not back to 100% yet after offseason shoulder surgeries, but he’s feeling good with where he’s at and is hoping to be back in November:

George had surgery to repair a partially torn tendon in his right shoulder in May, and that was followed up by surgery to repair a labrum tear in his left shoulder about a month later. George’s shoulder injuries derailed what was a career season with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 29-year-old was in the MVP conversation all season. While he was clearly third in the pecking order behind the historic seasons from Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, his averages of 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.2 steals were prolific numbers in their own right.

Unfortunately, George’s shooting fell off toward the end of the year, and he struggled with his long-distance shooting in the Thunder’s first-round series loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.

With frustration mounting after another disappointing first-round exit, George asked the Thunder to trade him so he could play with Kawhi Leonard in Los Angeles. The Clippers pulled off the coup of the offseason by giving up a ransom for George in order to pair him with Leonard, whom they signed in free agency.

Once George is healthy, LA will boast arguably the best duo in the NBA.