Just two days before what would have been his first preseason game in the NBA, CJ McCollum broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot during Saturday’s practice at the team’s facility in Tualatin. It is the same bone that sidelined McCollum for all but 12 games during his senior season at Lehigh.
McCollum was injured after setting a pick on Wesley Matthews sometime during Saturday’s practice. Matthews collided with McCollum while trying to fight through the screen, sending McCollum to the floor. The 6-4 rookie left practice to get x-rays, which showed that he had once again broken the his left fifth metatarsal. McCollum broke the same bone on January 5, 2013 in a game against Virginia Commonwealth. The injury would cause him to miss the remainder of Lehigh’s 2012-13 season.
No date has yet been set for surgery or his return to the court. The timeline for his rehabilitation will be made after he undergoes surgery to repair the bone.
Coincidentally, Damian Lillard broke the same bone, albeit in his right foot, during his third season at Weber State.
McCollum had been drawing positive reviews from his coaches and teammates through the first week of training camp and was expected to compete with Mo Williams, Will Barton, Earl Watson and Allen Crabbe for minutes at both backup guard spots. He was also excited to play in front of Trail Blazers fans for the first time at the Wells Fargo Fan Fest on Sunday.
“That will be a good opportunity to get some scrimmaging in in front of an audience, kind of put on a show for the fans,” said McCollum on Friday. “It’ll be good for us to interact with the fans as well.”
That show, at least from McCollum, will have to wait until after his foot heals.
If you’re a basketball fan and you spend a fair amount of time on the internet, you’re probably somewhat familiar with Brandon Armstrong’s work. He plays professionally overseas, but he’s far more well known for the “Be Like” videos in which he mimics, with stunning accuracy, the moves of some of the NBA’s biggest stars (his impersonations of Kobe Bryant and Russell Westbrook might be what he’s best known for).
With training camp set to start in a little over a month, the Trail Blazers have already started to extend invites to players no currently signed for next season. After signing LSU point guard Tim Quarterman to a partially-guaranteed contract a few weeks ago, the Trail Blazers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, have signed 6-10 power forward Grant Jarrett, who most recently played for the Utah Jazz in 2015, to a training camp contract.
Jarrett declared for the 2013 NBA Draft after his freshman season at Arizona in which he averaged 5.2 points on 41 percent shooting from both the field and from three, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 17.8 minutes per game. He was actually drafted by the Trail Blazers with the 40th overall pick of the 2013 Draft, though he was immediately traded to Oklahoma City for “cash considerations.” He appeared in just five games with the Thunder his rookie season as he spent most of the year on assignment with their D-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. He was traded to the Jazz as a part of a three-team deal at the 2015 trade deadline and played in just three games with the Jazz before being cut prior to the start of the 2015-16 season.
With the addition of Jerrett, the Trail Blazers now have 17 players under contract.
Greetings podcast enthusiasts. Between CJ McCollum getting an extension and Moe Harkless signing a new deal, Portland’s roster for the start of the 2016-17 regular season is all but finalized. So it seemed like a good time to hit the studio with Joe Freeman of The Oregonian/OregonLive.com to record yet another edition of the Rip City Report podcast, which you can listen to below…
On this edition, we discuss the near-max extension for McCollum and the four-year, roughly $40 million contract for Harkless, which directions Terry Stotts might go in terms of starting lineups and minutes allocations, the news that both Al-Farouq Aminu and Festus Ezeli will forego playing for Nigeria at the 2016 Summer Olympics, give a quick rundown of the preseason schedule and answer your Twitter-submitted questions.