The signing of Jeremy Lin as a reserve guard helps mitigate this, still, the loss of the heart and soul of Toronto’s second unit for more than a month is a big blow.
This is two weeks longer than the initial reports and will have VanVleet out until just a couple of weeks before the start of the playoffs. With VanVleet out, Lin — just signed as a free agent after a buyout in Atlanta — will be thrown into the fire of a playoff chase as Kyle Lowry‘s primary backup.
VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points per game and shooting36.6 percent from three this season, mostly off the bench. A Sixth Man of the Year candidate a season ago, his efficiency has dipped this season as he battled through a series of minor injuries. If you’re looking for a bright side in this, it’s that the VanVleet that does return to the Raptors for the postseason will be fully healthy.