Blake Murphy: Via Nick Nurse on @SiriusXMNBA , Pascal Siakam should start contact work this week and may only be a few weeks from a return. "He's been going 100% for 4-6 weeks" just without contact.
Josh Lewenberg: Webster says Pascal Siakam still hasn’t been cleared for contact but he’s been working out 1-on-0 at the practice facility. “He looks good. He’s in a really positive head space. I think he’s happy and ready to go.”
How is rehab going? Pascal Siakam: I was expecting it to be worse, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought. I would say just, I think the first two weeks or three weeks was the worst, just because I couldn’t sleep. I have to find a position to get comfortable. I had to sleep on the couch for two weeks because I couldn’t sleep on the bed. I’m a side sleeper. So I couldn’t do that. Are you even shooting or doing anything basketball-wise? Pascal Siakam: Yes. I’m shooting, ball handling. I think at this point in the process I look better than I thought I was expecting at least or I’m doing more than I thought I would do at that time.
The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that Pascal Siakam underwent successful surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. The injury to Siakam’s shoulder occurred May 8 vs. Memphis. The expected recovery and rehabilitation time for this procedure is approximately five months, and his condition will be updated as appropriate.
Blake Murphy: That would mean Siakam is unlikely to be ready for the beginning of next season (Oct. 19) unless he's ahead of schedule (~early Nov.).
Michael Grange: The good news on Siakam’s shoulder injury/surgery is he’ll be able to resume on-court work in July, I’m told. Initial hope was he could rehab the torn labrum in his left (non-shooting) shoulder, but eventually opted for an arthroscopic repair.
Eric Koreen: Pascal Siakam did not practise on Thursday and his status for Friday's game is unclear. He has a sore groin which outdated his fall after a dunk on Wednesday.
Josh Lewenberg: Asked about the groin injury, Siakam said he felt it right away and immediately had trouble walking. "It was a bad idea for me to finish the game." Initial timeline was at least 4 weeks.
Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam is expected to practice Friday with hopes of returning to the lineup in the next week, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Siakam has not played since Dec. 18, when he suffered a groin injury during an awkward landing. He is averaging a team-leading 25.1 points and 8.0 rebounds in 27 games this season.
Ryan Wolstat: OK, Raptors just announced Siakam out indefinitely too with a groin issue. Gasol and Powell as expected.
Ryan Wolstat: Nurse on Siakam: "He's feeling about the same." Says there are a few limits on him, specifically the long stretches in a row they were doing before are "probably done."
Rosalyn Gold-Onwude: Raptors Coach Nurse said Pascal Siakam is “doing ok, not 100%, ...have confidence he could impact the game more than he did yesterday”. Today Raptors had light practice: just film and shooting.
Tom Moore: #Raptors coach Nick Nurse on Pascal Siakam: ‘We’re still waiting. He hasn’t been on the court yet.’ Didn’t practice Saturday.
Josh Lewenberg: Siakam says he isn't sure how he hurt his calf. Felt it after Game 3 once the adrenaline wore off. He doesn't know if he'll be able to play in Game 4, said it's very sore and a little swollen.
Tim Bontemps: The Raptors say Pascal Siakam is doubtful for Game 4 with a calf contusion. To say that’s a blow for Toronto is an understatement, especially considering they are already down 2-1 in the series.
Shams Charania: Sources on @TheAthleticNBA @WatchStadium: Raptors' Pascal Siakam is expected to be day-to-day after hard fall on his back tonight in Portland; no damage found in postgame tests. Siakam has emerged as a valuable player for Toronto.
January 27, 2022 | 3:41 am EST Update
The incessant buzz around the league is that there are those in Mitchell’s circle who believe he is too big of a star for Salt Lake City. Further, some say it’s only a matter of time before he joins former Creative Artists Agency agent and current New York Knicks president Leon Rose “They’re a first-round exit from Donovan being in New York,” an Eastern Conference scout said.
Adrian Wojnarowski: James Harden has repeatedly told management, ownership, you know, those in the organization that he is committed to being a Net that he wants to win a championship there and, and more than that, the Big Three in Brooklyn, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving… What they say publicly, they also say privately, which is, when they’re together, they believe they’re unstoppable and that the Nets are going to get that group back.
Harden can opt out of the 2022-23 season to become a free agent and sign elsewhere or the Nets could agree to a sign-and-trade deal in which Harden opts into the final year of his contract with plans to sign a long-term deal with his new team in 2023. ESPN’s front-office insider Bobby Marks projects only the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic and San Antonio Spurs to have cap space this offseason.
As much as NBL teams would love to have Baynes clogging up the key, Hoops Heaven reached out to the Baynes camp and was told he is still hard at work building up his body and won’t be playing for anyone this season. Baynes has all his focus on playing in the NBA next season and isn’t considering the NBL. NBA teams would love to have a rim defender and rebounder of Baynes’ quality next season; let’s hope he can regain the match fitness and strength to make this a reality.
Kellan Olson: Devin Booker on potentially starting in the All-Star Game: “I’m not worried about that anymore. I’m in a different phase of my career. Like Chris said after another game, we’re worried about getting coach in the All-Star Game. That’s our main objective.”