Report: VanVleet to undergo left thumb surgery

NBA.com Global on Feb 14, 2019 07:54 AM
Report: VanVleet to undergo left thumb surgery
Fred VanVleet NBA file photo

NBA.com staff report

Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet plans to undergo surgery to fix ligament damage in his left thumb, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The surgery is expected to sideline VanVleet for approximately five weeks, which would allow him to return to the floor before the playoffs begin on April 13 (April 14, PHL time).

The third-year guard has been impressive in Toronto with career-high averages for points (10.5), assists (4.6), rebounds (2.7) and minutes (26.8) over 51 games this season.

On Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), the Raptors announced VanVleet would miss three weeks due to the ligament injury in his left thumb.

With VanVleet sidelined, veteran Jeremy Lin should be able to bolster the Raptors' guard rotation. After being waived by the Hawks on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), the 30-year-old officially signed with Toronto on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time).

The Raptors (42-16) are currently the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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