Coming off a regular season in which injuries conspired against the Raptors, the team's first bit of off-season news involves, fittingly, an injury.
Yesterday, the club announced that incumbent point guard Jose Calderon underwent surgery at Toronto Western hospital, where Dr. Brent Graham repaired a ligament in Calderon's ring finger on his left, or non-shooting hand.
By all accounts, recovery time is expected to be as few as six weeks and as long as eight weeks.
Calderon's off-season was somewhat in doubt as he wrestled with the idea of playing for his Spanish national team or taking the entire summer off to rest a body that is in need of an extended period of inactivity.
HAMSTRING HURTS, TOO
When he represented Spain at the Beijing Olympics last summer, Calderon tweaked his groin, which many believed contributed to a season-long hamstring problem that kept Calderon out of the Raptors lineup for 14 games.
He basically was rendered defenceless against quicker point guards, but Calderon managed to post career numbers by averaging 12.8 points and 8.9 assists, fourth-best in the NBA.
Calderon led the league in assists-per-turnover ratio (4.21) for the second consecutive season. He also set a single-season mark in free-throw percentage (.981).
Calderon injured his finger in a game against Milwaukee on March 25. He left the game briefly, but returned to help the Raptors beat the Bucks 115-106.