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Goran Dragic leaves Raptors because of personal matter

November 28, 2021 GMT
Toronto Raptors' Goran Dragic, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Raptors' Goran Dragic, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Toronto Raptors' Goran Dragic, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Toronto Raptors' Goran Dragic, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Toronto Raptors' Goran Dragic, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

TORONTO (AP) — 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.

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.

Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said that Dragic had the team’s “full support.”

“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,” Webster said in a statement. “He will continue to work out and stay in shape during his time away.”

Webster said there is no definite timeline for a return.