Raptors’ Siakam expected to miss five months after shoulder surgery

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) drives around Washington Wizards forward Chandler Hutchison (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced Friday.

Siakam’s rehabilitation and recovery time is expected to be approximately five months.

The 27-year-old suffered the injury in a May 8 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies. Siakam left the game with what the team called a left shoulder strain and did not suit up in any of the Raptors’ final four games down the stretch.

The 2018-19 Most Improved Player and 2019-20 All-NBA team member averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists on 45.5 per cent shooting from field, struggling from beyond the arc where he connected at a 29.7 per cent clip.

The Raptors missed the playoffs this season for the first time since 2013 amid a trying campaign where they were forced to relocate to Tampa, Fla., and dealt with a COVID-19 outbreak that sent them nosediving down the standings.

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