Delon Wright to miss start of season after shoulder surgery

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Delon Wright was always going to have a hard time cracking the Raptors’ point guard rotation, because they had a good starter (Kyle Lowry) and good backup (Cory Joseph) ahead of him.

Now, the second-year Wright has a more pressing concern.

Raptors release:

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday guard Delon Wright underwent arthroscopic shoulder stabilization today to fix a labral tear in his right shoulder. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Wright is expected to be sidelined a minimum of four months.

Wright sustained the injury July 16 in the fourth quarter of a Las Vegas Summer League game versus Minnesota. X-rays taken on-site at Thomas & Mack Center were negative for a fracture and his dislocated shoulder was put back in place. Additional testing revealed a torn labrum.

The No. 20 pick last year, Wright has talent. He’s just a little too raw and stuck behind Lowry and Joseph. Wright is missing developmental time, but probably not much playing time.

This improves Fred VanVleet‘s chances as making the regular-season roster. The undrafted rookie out of Wichita State signed a partially guaranteed deal with Toronto.