The Portland Trail Blazers have assigned rookie guard CJ McCollum (foot) to their NBA Developmental League affiliate the Idaho Stampede. McCollum is expected to make his debut with the Stampede this Friday, January 3rd, as they host the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Boise. It will mark the first time he has played anything more than practice 5-on-5 since summer league.
CJ McCollum is likely to takeover the point guard position while with the Stampede, though he will eventually fit into the Trail Blazers undersized backcourt better as a shooting guard. His new squad includes former training camp invitees Dee Bost (Mississippi State), Richard Howell (North Carolina), and E.J. Singler (Oregon).
This arrangement is strictly temporary and does not reflect on McCollum’s abilities as an NBA player. The Trail Blazers are thriving in his absence and would prefer to get him back into game shape before tampering with team chemistry. The official press release makes no mention of McCollum’s availability with the Stampede past this Saturday, January 4th.
McCollum (6-3, 197, Lehigh University), the 10th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 NBA Draft, has been sidelined since fracturing his left foot in training camp. He was recently cleared to return to practice.
He is expected to join the Stampede today and be available when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on Friday, January 3 and Saturday, January 4 in Boise, Idaho.
Those who would like to catch an early glimpse of what he has in store for Portland can watch him play live at 6:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday, on the D-League Youtube channel. CJ McCollum averaged 23.9 points per game as a senior at Lehigh, and 21.0 points per game in Las Vegas Summer League.