Siakam underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team said on Friday.
TSN’s Josh Lewenberg reports that Siakam and the Raptors had hoped to avoid surgery and instead use rest and rehabilitation to heal the injury, but the risk of further injury was ultimately deemed too high.
The 27-year-old is expected to miss the start of next season, which is set to begin in October.
The Raptors said the injury occurred on May 8 against the Memphis Grizzlies. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.
“Good call” to opt for surgery
Lewenberg adds that Siakam is disappointed, but he’s hanging on and understands that surgery was the right decision in the long run.
The surgery is the same as the Los Angeles Clippers star Paul Georges had in 2019. Lewenberg adds that George’s injuries were more serious and that he had surgery on both shoulders, which kept him out for six months. Siakam’s recovery is expected to be faster and can begin field rehabilitation in July.
Siakam appeared in 56 of 72 games last season, averaging 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He set a career-high 44 points, most recently against Washington on May 6.