Raptors Get An Update On One Of Their Biggest Stars


Otto Porter Jr. #32 of the Toronto Raptors warms up ahead of their NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Scotiabank Arena on October 19, 2022 in Toronto, Canada.
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Fans who were hoping to see Otto Porter Jr. back on the court for the Toronto Raptors need to prepare themselves for some bad news.

Porter has been sidelined for nearly two months because of a dislocated second toe in his left foot.

For weeks now, people have been wondering if and when he will come back this year, having only played in 8 games.

Now we know the answer to that question – and it’s not good.

The Raptors just announced that Porter has undergone season-ending surgery on his left foot, which means we will not see him back with his team until the 2023-24 season.

“This was a tough decision for Otto, he had hoped to avoid surgery, but ultimately a decision had to be made to ensure his long-term health,” Raptors GM Bobby Webster said.

“We look forward to his healthy recovery,” he added.

During his short stint in the 2022-23 season, Porter was good for 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1 assist, slightly down from last season’s 8.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

When Porter first got injured this season, head coach Nick Nurse predicted that he’d be back around Christmas time.

As that date came and went, it became apparent that his return was up in the air.

Porter was one of the few moves that the Raptors made last offseason, acquiring him with a two-year, $12.3 million contract that has a player option for next season.

The plan was for Porter to help the team with three-point shooting off the bench but his health problems made that impossible.

This loss makes things even harder for the struggling Raptors, who have fallen to 11th in the East with a 17-24 record.

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