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Precious Achiuwa out indefinitely with torn ligaments in ankle

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TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 6: Precious Achiuwa #5 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of their basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena on November 6, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)

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Precious Achiuwa has played well for the Raptors to start the season. The third-year big man out of Memphis has averaged 8.8 points and seven rebounds in a little more than 20 minutes a night, fitting in perfectly with Toronto’s long, switchable, selfless system.

Now he is out indefinitely with torn ankle ligaments, something an MRI confirmed, the team announced. From the official press release:

Precious Achiuwa has been diagnosed with partial tears in ligaments in his right ankle. Achiuwa will wear a walking boot for the next 10 days and will be listed as out indefinitely.

It’s bad news for a Raptors team hit hard in the frontcourt by injuries: Pascal Siakam (groin strain) and Khem Birch (knee) also are currently sidelined. No Achiuwa for a while means to expect more Christian Koloko, Chris Boucher, Otto Porter and Thaddeus Young.

The Raptors will be patient with Achiuwa, they picked up his option for next season. He will be extension eligible this offseason, although the Raptors can wait until the summer of 2024 and let the market decide his value, then match any offer.