Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam out five months after shoulder surgery

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The Toronto Raptors announced on Friday that Pascal Siakam underwent successful surgery last week on a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The expected rehab time is at least five months.

Siakam, you may remember, missed Toronto’s last four games of the 2020-21 regular season with what was described as a shoulder strain. It’s clear now that after further off-season investigation, the injury was worse than initially prescribed. The surgery took place last week and was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache — team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams — at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

The five-month timeline assumes he will be out for the beginning of next season, with the NBA resuming a normal timeline for its calendar, tipping off the regular season on October 19. Five months pegs a return somewhere around mid-November, so Toronto may miss about 10-15 games of their 2018-19 Most Improved Player.

Siakam averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last season. He was named to his first NBA All-Star Game in 2020.