After missing what will be 18 games with a collapsed lung, CJ McCollum is set to return to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday in Orlando against the Magic, a story shattered by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum expected to return to lineup Monday against the Magic in Orlando, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium. McCollum is fully recovered from a collapsed lung he suffered Dec. 4 against Boston.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 14, 2022
McCollum started the season playing arguably the best basketball of his career – he averaged 24.3 points per game and shot 43.3% from 3 in October – but those numbers dropped as the season progressed. and now sit at 20.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Then, in early December, he suffered a collapsed lung and has been out ever since.
McCollum returns to a Trail Blazers team that’s been stumbling this season. Portland is 16-25, good for just 10th place in the West. Damian Lillard is out – possibly for the rest of the season – following abdominal surgery. That team fired general manager Neil Olshey, and there are rumors of a major upset swirling around the league as the trade deadline approaches.
An upset that could involve the trade of McCollum, if he shows the other teams that he is in good health.