Jonas Valanciunas has decided against surgery for his broken metacarpal in his non-shooting hand. Instead, he wants to go for rehab.
The Raptors center went for further tests on Saturday before deciding to opt for rehab. Toronto Raptors will miss Valanciunas’ services for six weeks. The Raptors’ center also had to sit out for 18 games during the 2012-13 season with the same injury. Valanciunas has signed a four-year contract extension with the Raptors this summer.
Valanciunas sustained the injury during Toronto’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. He was fouled by none other than Kobe Bryant. Raptors missed the services of their leading rebounder in Sunday’s game against Los Angeles Clippers. The seven-footer center averaged 12.7 points and 9.3 rebounds in 27.3 minutes per game over 14 contests in this regular season.
Who will replace Valanciunas for this long period? According to team management, Bismack Biyombo is on the cards. Anthony Bennett can also get calls. Biyombo started the game against Clippers on Sunday, which the Raptors won to improve to 9-6. The Raptors have recalled Lucas Nogueira from Raptors 905 to fill up the void of their starting center.