Toronto Raptors big man Precious Achiuwa is aiming for a comeback in late December as he continues his ankle injury recovery, coach Nick Nurse said Friday (per TSN’s Michael Grange).
Achiuwa was announced out indefinitely last month after being diagnosed with partial tears in ligaments in his right ankle. The injury took place on Nov. 9 against the Houston Rockets, wherein he went on to wear a walking boot on the first 10 days of his rehabilitation process.
In late November, Nurse already hinted that Achiuwa could still be “weeks” away on his return, which means that activation in the latter part of December appears imminent.
This season, the 23-year-old Achiuwa is averaging 8.8 points, 7.0 boards, and 1.3 assists in a career-low 39.1 percent shooting per 12 games. The Nigerian big man stands as a valuable asset in Toronto’s lengthy, versatile lineup preference.
Achiuwa will be eligible for a rookie scale extension next offseason after the Raps exercised their fourth-year team option on him in the 2023-24 campaign.