After receiving updated x-ray results, CJ McCollum spoke with reporters in Boston yesterday, revealing that his recovery is on track. McCollum underwent a non-surgical ultrasound procedure on his broken left foot one month ago today, and he will undergo a CT scan in another month for reevaluation. This would suggest that a return to NBA action before mid-December is rather unlikely, but it does match up with his original 8-10 week timetable.
If he does not play for the Trail Blazers before December 16th, McCollum will have missed at least 30 percent of his rookie campaign. While the Blazers are 7-2 without him, they will need McCollum back as soon as possible to ease the current guard rotation that consists of Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, and Mo Williams. That sort of depth scarcity is what ultimately felled the Blazers last year, and re-introducing CJ McCollum will help prevent a similar breakdown in the 82 game season.
McCollum, who was able to remove his walking boot earlier this week, has not experienced any setbacks. His workout regimen includes light shooting (50-60 shots per day), weight lifting, and swimming pool exercises. He has been given permission to ramp up his routine as he prepares for a return to action. The 10th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, McCollum averaged 23.9 points per game with the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in his senior season.