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Raptors' Goran Dragic stepping away from team due to personal reasons

The veteran guard will be out indefinitely to deal with a personal matter, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster announced Sunday.

From NBA.com News Services

The Raptors will be without veteran guard Goran Dragic due to personal reasons.

Goran Dragic has left the Toronto Raptors because of a personal matter.

The Raptors said Sunday before their game against Boston Celtics that the 35-year-old guard — acquired along with Precious Achiuwa in the offseason deal that sent Kyle Lowry to Miami — wasn’t with the team. 

“First of all, he’s a really good dude, extremely professional, very wise … enjoyable guy to be around and coach,” coach Nick Nurse said.

Raptors general manager Bobby Webster released the following statement on Sunday:

“Goran is taking some time away from the team, with our full support, to manage a personal matter. He has been a complete professional in the time that he has been with the Raptors – Goran has been a great mentor to our younger players and a valued teammate for our veterans. He will continue to work out and stay in shape during his time away. There is no definite timeline for this process, and we will advise updates as appropriate. Goran has the backing of Masai, Nick and the entire organization, and we wish him nothing but the best.”

Dragic, from Slovenia, has played in just five games with the Raptors, averaging 8.0 points, 1.8 assists and 2.8 rebounds and 17.9 minutes. He’s played just once since Oct. 25.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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