Oklahoma City Thunder point guard George Hill underwent surgery on his right thumb and will be re-evaluated in four weeks, the team announced.
Hill’s surgery addressed a “mallet finger injury” which is a deformity of the finger caused when the tendon that straightens the end joint of a finger or thumb is damaged, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
In 14 games, the 34-year-old is averaging 11.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game in 26.4 minutes per game.
In Hill’s absence, rookie Theo Maledon will continue to start, as he is averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game in his last three games.
Hill is viewed as a potential trade candidate for the rebuilding Thunder and he could be dealt by this year’s trade deadline which is set for March 25.
It’s possible that Hill has played his last game as a member of the Thunder.