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Paul George Injury Update: When Will Clippers Star Forward Debut?

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Per ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne: “The return date for Paul George is a bit of a moving target. But he told me today he’s out all of training camp and hoping to be back “November-ish” catch the full interview in @SportsCenter later today.”

The 29-year-old had successful offseason surgery on his left shoulder to repair a tear in his labrum and the Clippers traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, four unprotected first round picks, one protected first round pick and two pick swaps to the Thunder for him on July 5.

According to a Thunder spokesman back in June, Paul George had a successful procedure on his left shoulder to address a small labrum tear. His initial recovery timetable was the same it was when he had surgery on his right shoulder a few weeks earlier.

Paul George established himself as a strong MVP candidate last season before sitting out for three games due to right shoulder soreness at the end of February and beginning of March.

George (plus-5.5 Box Plus/Minus) played with kinesiology tape on both shoulders for the majority of the last two months of the season and still averaged a career-high 28.0 points (second in the league), 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and an NBA-best 2.2 steals in 36.9 minutes over 77 games.

PG13 averaged 28.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.4 steals on 43.6 percent from the field in 40.8 minutes over five games in the playoffs despite playing hurt.

The Clippers open the new NBA season against the Lakers on October 22. Pinnacle has the Clippers as 1-point home favorites and the total is set at 227.

NBA MVP Odds
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Giannis Antetokounmpo +275

Stephen Curry +550

Anthony Davis +700

James Harden +800

Joel Embiid +1200

Kawhi Leonard +1200

LeBron James +1200

Nikola Jokic +1800

Paul George +2000

Damian Lillard +2800

Russell Westbrook +3000

Donovan Mitchell +4500

Luka Doncic +5000

Kyrie Irving +5000

Kemba Walker +5000

Karl-Anthony Towns +5000

Jimmy Butler +7500

Ben Simmons +8500