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Otto Porter Jr. Raptors out for season after left foot surgery: Will Toronto look to move him?

Otto Porter Jr. Raptors out for season after left foot surgery: Will Toronto look to move him?

Toronto Raptors forward Otto Porter Jr. He had successful surgery on his left foot and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Porter signed with the Raptors in July after one season with Golden State. He has also played for Orlando, Chicago i Washington.
  • The 29-year-old averaged 5.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in eight games this season.
  • Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said Porter hoped to avoid surgery “but ultimately a decision had to be made to ensure his long-term health.”
  • Toronto is 17-23 and 11th in the Eastern Conference.

What does this mean for the Raptors

If Porter wasn’t the perfect target for the Raptors last offseason, he was a smart one. Using a good chunk of the mid-level exception, the Raptors signed Porter off the defending champion Warriors to a two-year, $12.3 million deal. Porter has some of the defensive versatility the Raptors like, but more importantly, the above-average 3-point shooting that the team badly needed off the bench. His absence has been a big reason why the Raptors have struggled to put together a balanced second unit all year. — Grow up

Will Toronto look to move Porter?

Porter has a player option worth $6.3 million next season, which he is now virtually certain to exercise as he is coming off a season in which he played in just eight games. With the cap going up, the Raptors don’t need to move him. Considering the decisions they could face in free agency Fred VanVleet i Gary Trent Jr.as well as possible expansion talks with Pascal I’m sorry, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Raptors try to tie Porter to a bigger trade, either at the deadline or during the offseason. — Grow up

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