Paul George could possibly miss the rest of the season recovering from an elbow injury, despite the team’s initial announcement around Christmas that the veteran superstar will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Clippers could move in a different direction if they decide to sit out George for the rest of the 2021-22 season.
“While the team’s initial announcement on Christmas Day stated George would be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks, the Clippers are operating under the possibility that George may not return this season, sources told B/R.”Jake Fischer, Bleacher Report
The Clippers are also missing Kawhi Leonard since last season’s playoffs. Leonard reportedly was ahead of schedule, however, if the Clippers decide to shut down George, Leonard’s potential return could move to next season.
Los Angeles, though, has no top-five pick to accrue this season. Oklahoma City holds the Clippers’ unprotected 2022 first-round selection.
Despite their poor pick assets, the Clippers could see George’s injury as a chance to relieve their cap situation and create space for moves in the next offseason, according to Fischer.
“Rival executives have since gathered that Los Angeles is willing to discuss the majority of its veteran roster in trade scenarios. “They’re pretty much open for business for anyone except their main guys and Terance Mann. I think they really are fine falling out of the playoffs and regrouping for next year,” Fischer wrote.
In any case, the Clippers will have to make several decisions regarding their roster this year, as they hope to be a championship contender with George and Leonard in their roster, so maybe expect to be active during the trade deadline on Feb. 10.