Sam Presti: Paul George will see a specialist over the summer
The Thunder expected Paul George would need his right shoulder re-evaluated after the season.
That’s what general manager Sam Presti said in his end of season media availability Monday.
According to Presti, George has yet to undergo that offseason re-evaluation with a specialist. He will do so outside of Oklahoma City, but Thunder representatives will be present.
The decision to let George continue to play came out of a collaboration between the team, its physicians, George and his agent. George missed a total of four games for right shoulder soreness this season.
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“Everybody felt comfortable with him playing,” Presti said Monday. “He was at no risk of any type of future injury.”
George said something similar in his exit interview last week. But he, like Presti, shied away from laying out any specific plans to address the injury over the summer.
Presti called a question that implied George would undergo surgery and could be out for significant time “hypothetical and speculation.”
“In the event that any player is missing time for whatever reason, … we'll account for it,” Presti said. "We did it with Dre (Andre Roberson). If it happens to be a player of great magnitude, that's going to be harder for most teams, but we've dealt with it before. In the event that that happens -- but I'm not going to sit here and pontificate about pontification.”