San Antonio Spurs starting guard Derrick White is dealing with a toe fracture that will sideline him indefinitely. The team confirmed the news on Monday.
According to the Spurs’ announcement, White got hurt in the second quarter of Friday’s 103-109 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
White had issues with the same toe in the offseason, having to undergo surgery during the offseason. He missed the preseason and the team’s first four games of the 2020-21 campaign while recovering. The game against the Lakers, in which he had nine points and two blocks in 23 minutes on the floor, was his season debut.
The news is a tough blow for the Spurs since the team hopes to return to the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference. They opened 2020-21 with two wins but have lost four games since.
Derrick White, who entered the NBA as a late first-round pick in 2017, emerged as one of San Antonio’s key players in recent seasons. He took the creative role on offense while also being one of the league’s most energetic backcourt defenders.
White is currently averaging 9.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists as a pro.