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Clippers’ Paul George will not make debut Monday vs. Raptors

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Los Angeles Clippers fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see Paul George make his season debut.

Contrary to earlier reports that the 29-year-old swingman will finally join his new team against the defending champions Toronto Raptors on Monday, Tomer Azarly confirmed that he will stay in the sidelines.

George has missed the Clips’ first nine games of the season after undergoing surgery to his left and right shoulders in the offseason. He was acquired by the Clippers over the summer in a massive three-team trade, which instantly made the team instant contenders this season.

The six-time All-Star said he is tired of rehabbing and anxious to finally play for his home time, per a report from USA Today.

George posted MVP-like numbers for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, tallying 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2.2 steals in 77 regular season games. He also shot 43.8 percent from the field and 38.6 from three, but his team was still bounced out of the first round of the playoffs by the Portland Trailblazers in five games.

Los Angeles is currently ranked sixth in the Western Conference after a 6-3 start. George’s fellow superstar Kawhi Leonard has  already sat out several games due to load management.

George’s return will no doubt give coach Doc Rivers’ another go-to player on offense, especially when Leonard sits out.

George’s next opportunity to make his Clippers debut will be on Wednesday, as the Clips visit the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.