Raptors' guard Fred VanVleet to miss 'approximately' three weeks with thumb injury

Rex Christensen
February 14, 2019

Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet will miss at least three weeks after suffering a partially torn left thumb injury.

VanVleet, who turns 25 on February 25, is expected to wear a splint for approximately three weeks, and his condition will then be updated.

The buyout is expected to be finalized by Monday and Lin may sign with the Raptors as soon as mid-week, according to agents Jim Tanner and Roger Montgomery via ESPN.

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The injury occurred during the second quarter of Saturday's win in NY against the Knicks. Look for Jeremy Lin to provide depth at point guard until VanVleet can return. On the season, he is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds while shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc. The Raptors will be Lin's eighth team in his eight-plus years in the league, following stints with the Warriors, Knicks, Rockets, Lakers, Hornets, and Nets.

With Delon Wright being shipped out to Memphis as part of the Marc Gasol trade, rookie Jordan Loyd could slide into the back-up point guard role until Lin can join the team.

Toronto is now 41-16 and leading the Eastern Division.

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