The Indiana Pacers expect Paul George to make a full recovery from the compound fracture to his leg that he sustained during a Team USA scrimmage on Aug. 1.
Team president Larry Bird confirmed that George will likely miss the entire season, though he wouldn't rule out the possibility of a return.
“No one has told us he’s going to be out for the whole year, but our conversations, me and the coach’s conversations, we’re sort of expecting him to be out for the whole year but we don’t really know… If he can play, he’s going to play,” Bird said.
Head coach Frank Vogel said everything following George's injury "has gone as well as could be hoped for."
George underwent overnight surgery after the fracture occurred.
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The Pacers are expected to apply for a disabled player exception for next season, which would allow Indiana to sign a player for one year at half of George’s salary for next season or the non-taxpayer midlevel exception amount, whichever number is lower.
- Molly Geary