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Raptors’ Otto Porter out for season following surgery on left foot

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DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 14: Otto Porter Jr #32 of the Toronto Raptors stands for the National Anthem before the game against the Detroit Pistons on November 14, 2022 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Coming off his championship with Golden State, Otto Porter signing with the Raptors made sense. He was another long, switchable 6'8" defender who could hit 3-pointers, play in transition or in the halfcourt, and fit the Raptors’ style of play. Plus he brought a veteran presence to the team at an affordable price (two years, $12.3 million).

It hasn’t worked out that way. Injuries have had Porter in street clothes for all but eight games, and now he is done for the season following surgery on his left foot, the Raptors announced.

“This was a tough decision for Otto,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said in a statement. “He had hoped to avoid surgery, but ultimately a decision had to be made to ensure his long-term health. We look forward to his healthy recovery.”

Porter has a player option for $6.3 million next season that he will undoubtedly pick up now.

Porter has averaged 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in his limited minutes this season.

The Raptors have five days (until Jan. 15) to file for a disabled player exception (DPE). That would give the Raptors $3 million (half of Porter’s $6 million salary) to sign a player to a rest-of-season contract or pick up a player for that much via trade.