The Western Conference just got a whole lot scarier today, with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that All-Star forward Paul George is set to make his Clippers debut sometime this week.
The team is set to begin back-to-back road games in Houston against the Rockets on Wednesday, before travelling on to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans on Thursday night.
League sources told Yahoo’s Chris Haynes that George’s plan is to miss the first leg of the back-to-back, before suiting up officially for the first time in a Clippers uniform on Thursday.
George was an outside chance to make his season debut on Monday against the Raptors after undergoing his first full live contact practice on Saturday, but the team’s medical staff clearly decided the Pelicans were a friendlier proposition than the defending champions.
The six-time All Star partially tore a tendon in his right shoulder in May while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and underwent rotator cuff surgery shortly after.
Last season, the now 29-year-old George put up career high averages in points (28) rebounds (8.2) and assists (4.1), while leading the league in steals with 2.2 per game. He was a finalist for the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards, and the proposition of him lining up next to fellow All-World defender Kawhi Leonard on the wing should be a terrifying one for opposing teams.
In other Clippers injury news, an MRI on Landry Shamet’s left ankle has shown the sophomore guard has a Grade 2 high ankle sprain. A timeline for his return to basketball is yet to be released.