Raptors' Gary Trent Jr. to make return against Wizards

Toronto Raptors' Gary Trent Jr. (33) drives past New York Knicks' Evan Fournier (13) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in New York. The Raptors won 113-104. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

After a six-game absence, Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. will make his return Friday night against the Washington Wizards.

Trent Jr. (ankle swelling) last played on Jan. 7 in a 122-108 win over the Utah Jazz. The 23-year-old is averaging 16.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 33 games.

The Raptors starter is Toronto's fourth-highest scoring player and his 1.9 steals per game is tied for third in the NBA.

The Raptors (21-21) are 10th in the Eastern Conference, half a game back of the eighth-place Wizards (23-22).

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