Earlier, it was reported that Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George underwent a procedure, but the nature of which was inconclusive. Marc J. Spears of ESPN, meanwhile, has gotten confirmation that George di go under the knife.
The Thunder say forward Paul George had left knee scope today and will be able to return to basketball activities in six to eight weeks.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) May 9, 2018
Paul George is a pending free agent this summer after playing a season in Thunder uniform. Going through a surgical procedure is not an ideal way for a player to increase his stock ahead of free agency, but if anything, it was not a major operation and George could be seen in high spirits in a photo he uploaded on Instagram Stories following his trip to the operating table.
George is expected to field a lot of interest from teams this offseason, but the Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers are currently viewed as George’s top two choices.
Should he stay and re-sign with the Thunder, he would re-join the Thunder’s Big Three provided that Carmelo Anthony sticks with the team. In Los Angeles, George will get the chance to become a leader again, one that he used to relish during his days in Indiana Pacers uniform. That’s not to mention the opportunity to play for a big-market team for the first time in his career.
George is still just 28 and is clearly motivated to bounce back following a letdown campaign by the Thunder, who was sent packing for vacation by the Utah Jazz in the first round of this year’s playoffs.
Last season, Paul George averaged 21.9 points, 3.3 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game for Oklahoma City.